Edited by Jonathan A. Silk
The field of Buddhist studies is a truly international and interdisciplinary one. By its nature, the study of Buddhism must take into account phenomena that cross national and cultural boundaries, as well as the more artificial boundaries of modern academic fields. This volume presents eighteen studies, the subjects of which range over India, Tibet, China, and Japan, and deal with an even broader range of subjects. It includes many essays on Buddhist philosophy, a number of which deal with the Madhyamaka tradition of Nagarjuna and his successors, while others examine the Yogacara tradition of Asaga, Vasubandhu, and their successors. These essays investigate areas of doctrinal interest such as the so-called "Two Truth" theory and the doctrine of the equivalence of nirvana and samsara, as well as such topics as the nature and practice of compassion and Indian Buddhist cosmology.
Contributors: Noritoshi Aramaki, Mark L. Blum, Luis O. Gomez, Masaaki Hattori, Masamichi Ichigo, J. W. de Jong, Yuichi Kajiyama, Shoryu Katsura, Leslie Kawamura, Katsumi Mimaki, Gadjin M. Nagao, Lambert Schmithausen, Jonathan Silk, Ernst Steinkellner, Jikido Takasaki, Teruyoshi Tanji, Meiji Yamada, Akira Yuyama.Studies in the Buddhist Traditions