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Paul S. Williams
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Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition

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This book serves as an accessible and reliable survey for students wishing to gain familiarity with the basic ideas of Buddhist philosophical and religious thought, and with some of the recent research in the field. It guides readers towards a richer understanding of the central concepts of classical Indian Buddhist thought, from the time of Buddha to the latest scholarly...more
Unknown Binding, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Routledge (first published December 12th 2000)
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Craig Shoemake
This is one of the better (I hesitate to say "best") surveys of Buddhist intellectual history I've read. As such I'd say it's good for relative--i.e. not total--beginners. The author, Paul Williams, is a British academic with many publications under his belt, but is perhaps best known for his Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations, often used as a textbook in Buddhist studies. (A second edition of the 1989 original is imminent.) The writing, while intelligent and at times demanding, is not...more
On the one hand, this book is indeed "complete," a very thorough explanation and exploration of Buddhist philosophy and history. On the other hand, it feels like a lot more than an "introduction." Sentences are dense with sanskrit words and complex philosophical ideas. It's a little too much to take in.
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