The field of non-Tantric Buddhism still has many problems and debated issues. The present volumes included numerous solutions of these problems by the senior author Alex Wayman. The categories of the Twenty-four essays are Heroes of the system, Theory of the Heroes, Buddhist Doctrine, Buddhist Practice and hindu Buddhist Studies. Among these essays are one of his earliest from the late 1950`s.
Alex Wayman became Professor of Sanskrit at Columbia University in 1967 and has the title Professor Emeritus of Saskrit effective July 1991. Among his awards are the honorary D.Litt. at Nalanda University, India (April 1978) and a work in his honor Researches in Indian and Buddhist Philosophy (Delhi 1993). His main contribution to Sanskrit per se is his translation of the Visvalocana lexicon (published in Japan, 1994).