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    DescriptionOriginating in India, Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, becoming the prevalent form of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. Over the last twenty-five years Western interest in Mahayana has increased considerably, reflected both in the quantity of scholarly material produced and in the attraction of Westerners towards Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Paul Williams' Mahayana Buddhism is widely regarded as the standard introduction to the field, used internationally for teaching and research and has been translated into several European and Asian languages. This new edition has been fully revised throughout in the light of the wealth of new studies and focuses on the religion's diversity and richness. It includes much more material on China and Japan, with appropriate reference to Nepal, and for students who wish to carry their study further there is a much-expanded bibliography and extensive footnotes and cross-referencing. Everyone studying this important tradition will find Williams' book the ideal companion to their studies.


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    Title
    Mahayana Buddhism
    Subtitle
    The Doctrinal Foundations
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Williams
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 456
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 662 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780415356534
    ISBN 10: 0415356539
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15400
    BIC subject category V2: HRE
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Ingram Theme: RELI/BUDDHI
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: REL007000
    B&T Merchandise Category: STX
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    DC22: 294.392, 294.3/92
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BQ7405 .W55 2009
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: QRF
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    ROUTLEDGE
    Publication date
    01 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Paul Williams is Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy and Co-director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. The author of six books and an editor of a further eight, he is a former President of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies. Among his other books for Routledge is Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition (2000).
    Review quote
    'The publication of Paul Williams' Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations in 1989 was a milestone in the development of Buddhist Studies, being the first truly comprehensive and authoritative attempt to chart the doctrinal landscape of Mahayana Buddhism in its entirety. Previous scholars like Edward Conze and Etienne Lamotte had set themselves this daunting task, but it had proved beyond them. Williams not only succeeded in finishing the job, but did it so well that his book has remained the primary work on the subject, and the textbook of choice for teachers of university courses on Buddhism, for 20 years. It is still unrivalled. This makes a second edition all the more welcome. Williams has extensively revised and updated the book in the light of the considerable scholarship published in this area since 1989, at the same time enlarging many of his thoughtful discussions of Mahayana Buddhist philosophical issues. The result is a tour de force of breadth and depth combined. I confidently expect that Williams' richly detailed map of this field will remain for decades to come an indispensable guide to all those who venture into it.' - Paul Harrison, Stanford University, USA