There has been a growing interest in Buddhist thought among Western scholars, especially in the philosophical teachings of the Madhyamika. In this book Prof. Cheng deals with its principle doctrines, its philosophy and its influence on Zen Buddhism. Madhyamika Buddhism was founded by Nagarjuna in India in the second century a.d. It is considered to be "the most important outcome of Buddha's teaching" and "philosophical Buddhism par excellence". Nagarjuna is often regarded as the father of Mahayana Buddhism. Since many of Nagarjuna's Sanskrit writings have disappeared, this book expounds his teaching as presented in the Chinese sources which predate the later Sanskrit and Tibetan sources commonly referred to.
About the Author:
DR. CHENG is Chairman, Philosophy/ Religious Studies at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He has written numerous articles on Madhyamika thought.