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The Buddhist Tradition in India, China and Japan

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This book, compiled from basic Buddhist writings, presents a survey of Buddhist thought in India, China & Japan, covering the central doctrines & practices that has profoundly influenced Asian life. Developments in practical ethics, social attitudes, philosophical speculation, & religious & esthetic contemplation are represented by selected excerpts from ba ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 16th 2011 by Vintage/Random House, Inc. (NY) (first published January 1st 1969)
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This is a good historical overview of Buddhist thought, from its origin and how it evolved subsequently in India, China and Japan. The editors mainly quote from the primary sources of the important and influential Buddhist writings while giving their historical and social context. This is an accessible and good starting point and reference material if you are interested in studying Buddhism.
Aug 30, 2011 James rated it really liked it
An absolutely incomparable study of Buddhism's history, from its origins in India, continuing to its immigration to China, and finally to the development of Zen in Japan. Although obviously no one book could be a definitive single-volume text on a topic as huge as Buddhism, this book comes closer to any other that I've known. The authors wisely chose to educate the reader about given topics using direct, lengthy quotations from the great Buddhist works, without making these sections impenetrable ...more
May 27, 2015 Sashie rated it really liked it
A wonderfully detailed account of Buddhism. For anyone interested in learning the basic doctrine of Buddhism in the various places that had a role in shaping it, this is the book for you. This book is my study guide in the world of Buddhist religion. Insightful and accurate it was a great read to build the foundation of my Buddhist practice.
Jan 20, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
Excellent introduction to the major forms of Buddhism. Good mix of primary scriptual sources and historical context.
Erik Graff
Jan 05, 2011 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Buddhism fans
Recommended to Erik by: Louis Martyn
Shelves: religion
This book was assigned by Dr Martyn for his course entitled "Christian Theology, Theories of Religion and World Faiths" taught during the first semester of 1975/76 at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. Only some was assigned, but I went through the whole of it, obtaining a nice overview of world Buddhism from its multinational representation of texts and practices.

The daughter of Ted de Bary, primary editor of the volume and a Columbia University professor, became my next-door neighbor
Jan 14, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Fa-tsang's Essay on the Golden Lion pp. 168-172
Kukai's Ten Stages of Religious Consciousness pp. 304-309
Genshin's Essentials of Salvation pp. 321-327
Shinran's Statement Concerning Heresy pp. 339-342
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Feb 08, 2016 David Markwell rated it it was amazing
A very good resource for all things Buddha.
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Mark brought this book into the marriage. I like it. It has shown me how unique the development of Buddhism has been among world religions.
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William Theodore de Bary (born 1919) is an East Asian studies expert at Columbia University, with the title John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost Emeritus.

De Bary graduated from Columbia College in 1941, where he was a student in the first iteration of Columbia's famed Literature Humanities course. He then briefly took up graduate studies at Harvard before the US entered the
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