Gadjin M. Nagao is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Studies at Kyoto University, Japan. He is the author of The Foundational Standpoint of Madhyamika Philosophy, also published by SUNY Press.
Leslie S. Kawamura is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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