Chapter One: 1. How the Teacher Bhagavat became Abhisambuddha; Chapter Two: II. The Method of Setting the Wheel of the Law into Motion; Chapter Three: The Method of Setting the Wheel of the Law of the Mantra-yana into Motion; Chapter Four: Fundamentals of Initiation and Holding of vows in the Kriya Tantra; Chapter Five: Fundamentals of the Carya Tantra; Chapter Six: Fundamentals of the Yoga Tantra; Chapter Seven: Fundamentals of the Anuttara-yoga Tantra; Chapter Eight: Procedure in the meaning of the subject matter Chapter Nine: Manner of Conferring Initiation; Index of Work Cited; Index of Names and Subjects.
This volume introduces and analyzes the ideas of critical Buddhism in relation to the targets of its critique and situates those ideas in the context of current discussions of postmodern academic scholarship, the separation of the disinterested scholar and committed religious practitioner, and the place of social activism within the academy.
Essays critical of the received traditions of Buddhist thought many never before translated are presented and then countered by the work of respected scholars, both Japanese and Western, who take contrary positions."
Paul Williams’ Mahayana Buddhism is widely regarded as the standard introduction to the field, used internationally for teaching and research and has been translated into several European and Asian languages. This new edition has been fully revised throughout in the light of the wealth of new studies and focuses on the religion’s diversity and richness. It includes much more material on China and Japan, with appropriate reference to Nepal, and for students who wish to carry their study further there is a much-expanded bibliography and extensive footnotes and cross-referencing. Everyone studying this important tradition will find Williams’ book the ideal companion to their studies.