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By William M McGovern

ISBN-10: 0415591244

ISBN-13: 9780415591249

William Montgomery McGovern’s Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism used to be one of many first books on Mahayana Buddhism written for a Western viewers. It predates influential English language overviews of Buddhism by means of D. T. Suzuki, A. Watts, and W. Rahula. the writer was once born in manhattan urban in 1897 and spent his latter teenage years (1914-1917) education on the Nishi Hongwanji Mahayana Buddhist monastery in Kyoto, Japan. He based the Mahayana organization at age eighteen and edited and released the magazine "Mahayanist" whereas finishing his stories on the monastery. creation to Mahayana Buddhism was once written as a part of a thesis which secured him his Buddhist measure and an honorary ordination as a Buddhist priest. meant as a simplified and introductory textual content for a lay viewers, the ebook displays the original viewpoint of a Westerner expert in Japan at a time whilst Mahayana Buddhism used to be little identified within the West. Referencing Buddhist literature, it offers a quick historical past of Buddhism and the divergence of colleges of Buddhist philosophy, introduces the 4 noble truths, the philosophy of Karma, the character of Buddhahood, reincarnation and the line to nirvana, Buddhist cosmology, and mental and philosophical parts of Buddhist teachings. even if the divisions of non Mahayana Buddhist sects and philosophy defined should be thought of dated, Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism is still major for its ancient worth in proposing japanese non secular and philosophical concept to Westerners at a pivotal time in history.

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