A History of Indian Buddhism, the summation of a lifetime of research onIndian Buddhism, is an exceptionally comprehensive discussion of IndianBuddhism, with detailed chapters on its history, doctrine and bibliography. The text also presents some of the debates on Indian Buddhism that haveoccurred in the Japanese academic community and emphasizes issues that have often been treated only in passing in India and the West.
Hirakawa'sextensive use of Chinese translations of Indian Buddhist sources and hisreferences to Japanese studies of these works are particularly noteworthy.
Finally, the book includes an extensive bibliography of Western scholarship compiled by the translator.ades. It is documented with Preface,Bibliography and Index.
About the Author:
One of the most eminent scholars of Indian Buddhism in Japan, HIRAKAWAAKIRA is a Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University. Author and Editor ofmany scholarly books and articles, he has directed several researchprojects on Abhidharmakosa.
DR. SARASVATI CHENNAKESAVAN is known in literary circles as a writer ofPAUL GRONER received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is currentlyAssociate Professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author ofSaicho: The Establishment of the Japanese Tendai School and a number ofarticles on early Japanese Buddhism.