Buddhist Teaching in India

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  • Copyright: 2009-12-22
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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The Earliest Records we have today of what the Buddha said were written down several centuries after his death, and the body of teachings attributed to him continued to evolve in India for centuries afterward across a shifting cultural and political landscape. As one tradition within a diverse religious milieu that included even the Greek kingdoms of northwestern India, Buddhism had many opportunities to both influence and be influenced by competing schools of thought. Even within Buddhism, a proliferation of interpretive traditions produced a dynamic intellectual climate.

Author Biography

Johannes Bronkhorst is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Teaching of the Buddhap. 1
Preliminary Remarks on Methodologyp. 1
Main Teachingsp. 9
Self and Liberating Knowledgep. 19
Asceticism and Meditationp. 44
Recapitulationp. 56
Arranging the Doctrinep. 61
The Origin of the Dharma Theoryp. 61
Systematizing the Dharma Theoryp. 81
Concluding Observationsp. 109
Mahāyānap. 115
Early Mahāyānap. 115
Madhyamakap. 135
Further Developments in Mahāyānap. 152
The Logico-Epistemological Schoolp. 168
Final Observationsp. 175
Hermeneuticsp. 176
Influences outside Buddhismp. 179
Landmarksp. 188
Abbreviationsp. 193
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 235
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