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Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations by Paul S. Williams

Preview — Mahayana Buddhism by Paul S. The Doctrinal Foundations by Paul S. This book should be of interest to students of Buddhism, philosophy and Oriental studies. Paperbackpages. Published July 26th by Routledge first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Mahayana Buddhismplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I can say this much: If you are smitten with a lust for all things Mahayana—its history, people, practices, and philosophies—look no further.

In fact, this book may even cure you of your unwholesome desires. You can do the math for the rest. Every page is dense with names, dates, terms, unpronounceable sutra titles if you can actually say Bodhisattvagocaropayavishayavikurvananirdesha Sutra you must already be enlightened and who knows what else. And just look at the notes to main text pages ratio: I scrounged around my shelves, where I have a great many scholarly books on a wide array of topics, but could find nothing comparable.

One hundred twenty-two pages of endnotes are not only unhelpful, they’re positively sadistic—or self-indulgent, which in this case comes to the same thing. Let me put this in perspective: I have a fair education in Buddhist literature under my belt.

I will admit though I began to get dizzy in places as I read this book lack of oxygen? Introductions are usually, well, introductory, but by page 17 it goes on for 44 pages he was already enumerating the numbers and types of dhammas according to the Abhidhamma classification scheme! Needless to say, this sort of material is not ordinarily considered introductory.

I think this is where I started to get worried.

To sum up the above complaint and how it affects the text as a whole: He mixes social history, philosophy, biographies, the history of specific willoams and schools, all in a jumble. Different areas need to be kept separate, or integrated with great care, but that is clearly not what happened. But this is really the best way to characterize how Williams has gone about summarizing fifteen hundred years of Mahayana doctrinal history.

So this is the other edge of the sword—an abundance of fact and insight yes, Professor Williams has carefully and intelligently considered his material that is there if you have the patience and fortitude to dig it out. And that about does it. As I said, not only will you be punished in the course of this text, you will budvhismo rewarded as well. There is a lot of pleasure and pain to go around. Probabilmente il miglior testo sull’argomento mai pubblicato in italiano e ovviamente scritto all’estero Cosa rara per un saggio, specialmente quando non rinuncia, come questo, a essere tecnico.


Il buddhismo mahayana. La sapienza e la compassione

Da leggere e rileggere. Jan 09, Chin Jian Xiong rated it really liked it Shelves: My goal was to get a general overview of Mahayana Buddhism, and at first I thought this book was not for me.

In fact there are several aspects to the book that I found disturbing: The author, Paul Williams, writes in a cautious, academic style. Almost every sentence is filled with extra clauses that qualify his assertions or otherwise make comments on what is being said. How authentic was the attributed authorship, what edito My goal was to get a general overview of Mahayana Buddhism, and at first I thought this book was not for me.

How authentic was the attributed authorship, what editorial changes were made, how accurately were the various editions translated into other languages, etc.

There are almost pages of lengthy endnotes which are even more academic than the text. One is tempted to read them, because they include more background information, but these represent further distractions from the general narrative. I understand that Williams, converted from Buddhism to Roman Catholicism sometime between the first and second editions. This was a concern, because it suggested that Williams had lost interest in the fundamental messages of Buddhism.

So you may be surprised that I heartily recommend this book, anyway, and rate it at five stars. There are all sorts of subtleties in connection with the evolution of Buddhist thought, and Williams elucidates these subtleties very well. It turns out to be well worth the effort to wade through his exposition and follow the various developments that he charts.

Certainly his expertise in this area is impressive. Now that I have read it all, I intend to read it all over again, because the next time I will have the fuller context in my head as I read the opening chapters.

This book is not a quick, casual read, but it is definitely rewarding.

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After a few years of practicing Buddhism and reading Dharma books, I read this as my first scholarly text and was very impressed by it. Certainly NOT an introduction for beginners, but Williams was careful to include just enough explanation to keep me reading without feeling a need to pul to Wikipedia. His footnotes endnotes ubddhismo amazing — the book proper is only pages, followed by pages of endnotes. I skipped most of these, but when I did dip into them, I wa even more impressed by After a few years of practicing Buddhism and reading Dharma books, I read this as my first scholarly text and was very impressed by it.

I skipped most of these, but when I did dip into them, I wa even more impressed by Williams’s unusual ability to stick to a central idea and successfully separate out the interesting surrounding ideas which need not muddy up the main text. I also appreciated his ability to steer clear of Western philosophy.


He is presenting the history, central texts and teachings, and disputes of io Mahayana with well-focused discipline. He does this with clarity, occasional stunning insights, and sometimes even a touch of humor!

I especially like it when he refers to “old and basic” ideas of Buddhism; he seems to have a particularly good sense of his audience for this book. It’s very nice to get a sense of how certain issues were divisive or not without being lost in excessive detail about each and every school’s or lineage’s take on the matter. That is not to say Williams is treating the subject superficially but rather another indication of his clear focus.

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Don’t consider this book if you know very little about Buddhism at present. But if you are well-grounded in the teachings and have some idea of the “place” of Mahayana, and you want to experience an academic approach to the subject, this book will not disappoint you.

wil,iams Jul 13, Fabio rated it it was amazing. At the moment it’s the best book I’ve read about Mahayana Buddhism. It took a while because I read all the notes and tried to get a better picture of this religious phenomenon. Buy this book and read the notes, since a lot of interesting arguments, bibliography, reference and more are in these pages.

A full 5 Stars! Aug 20, Lisa added it.

Sep 07, M. Mandoki williajs it really liked it. It is clearly written. The book is great for philosophically or spiritually inspired individual. Be warned that the language is somewhat technical. Gonna have to budfhismo back to read the notes Roger rated it really liked it Sep 21, Chad rated it really liked it Apr 16, Keith Matthews rated it really liked it Sep 10, Jughead rated it liked it Dec 12, Ruth Phypers rated it it was amazing Jan 04, John Fullerton rated it liked it Oct 11, Amy rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Ethan rated it really liked it Dec 04, Joe rated it liked it Jun 21, Max rated it really liked it Jul 05, Suzanne rated it liked it Oct 05, Jude Uba rated it really liked it Apr 12, John Hundley rated it it was amazing Nov 01, Michael Daines rated it really liked it Dec 02, Adin rated it liked it Jun 19, Pankaj Gurung rated it it was amazing Mar 01, Brian Holly rated it it was amazing Dec 08,