Of all the great religions, it is Buddhism that has focused most intensively on that aspects of religion that we call spirituality. No religion has ste a higher value on states of spiritual insight and liberation, and none has set forth so methodologically and with such a wealth of reflection the various paths and with such a wealth of reflection the various paths and disciplines by which such states are reached. The aim of the volumes on Buddhism is to survey the entire tradition both chronologically and geographically in the varieties of its historical forms and in the great diversity of its teachings.
Takeuchi Yoshinori is Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University. One of the leading figures of the Kyoto School of Philosophy, he is the author of numerous works on Buddhism and his own Shin Buddhist faith, including The Heart of Buddhism ; In search of the Timeless Spirit of Primitive Buddhism.