Here is an accessible introduction to Buddhist thought, which takes readers completely unfamiliar with the subject as quickly as possible to an accurate appreciation and understanding of the main ideas, tracing their development from the time of Buddha, and opening up the latest scholarly perspectives and controversies. By focusing on classical India (including modern Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) as well as areas of Central Asia and South-East Asia directly influenced by India, this book provides the essential foundation for an appreciation of Buddhism as a whole.Abstract and complex ideas are made accessible by the author`s clear and lucid style. The book includes, for instance, by far the most accessible and up-to-date survey of Tantric Buddhism in India; a subject, particularly in its sexual aspects, often misunderstood in the West. Detailed bibliographies complete a comprehensive, authoriative and engaging introduction and resource guide to one of the world`s great philosophies.
About the Author:
PAUL WILLIAMS is Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy and Co-Director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. His numerous publications include Mahayana Buddhism.ANTHONY TRIBE teaches in the Asian Studies Program, University of Montana, and is a specialist on Indian Tantric Buddhism.