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Setting Out on the Great Way: Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism
Author Harrison, Paul (編)
PublisherEquinox Publishing
Publisher Url
LocationSheffield, UK [謝菲爾德, 英國]
Content type書籍=Book
NotePaul Harrison is the George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University.
AbstractSetting Out on the Great Way brings together different perspectives on the origins and early history of Mahāyāna Buddhism and delves into selected aspects of its formative period. As the variety of the religion which conquered East Asia and also provided the matrix for the later development of Buddhist Tantra or Vajrayāna, Mahāyāna is regarded as one of the most significant forms of Buddhism, and its beginnings have long been the focus of intense scholarly attention and debate.

The essays in this volume address the latest findings in the field, including contributions by younger researchers vigorously critiquing the reappraisal of the Mahāyāna carried out by scholars in the last decades of the 20th century and the different understanding of the movement which they produced. As the study of Buddhism as a whole reorients itself to embrace new methods and paradigms, while at the same time coming to terms with exciting new manuscript discoveries, our picture of the Mahāyāna continues to change. This volume presents the latest developments in this ongoing re-evaluation of one of Buddhism’s most important historical expressions.
Table of contentsChapter 1
Sara Boin-Webb: Translator of Buddhist Texts 1-5
Russell Webb

Chapter 2
Early Mahāyāna: Laying out the Field 7-31
Paul Harrison

Chapter 3
How the Unborn was Born: The Riddle of Mahāyāna Origins 33-71
Peter Skilling

Chapter 4
The Forest Hypothesis 73-93
David Drewes

Chapter 5
Recruitment and Retention in Early Bodhisattva Sodalities 95-118
Daniel Boucher

Chapter 6
Abhidharma in Early Mahāyāna 119-140
Johannes Bronkhorst

Chapter 7
The Concept of ‘Remodelling the World’ 141-176
Shizuka Sasaki

Chapter 8
Altered States and the Origins of the Mahāyāna 177-205
Douglas Osto

Chapter 9
Early Mahāyāna in Gandhāra: New Evidence from the Bajaur Mahāyāna Sūtra 207-242
Ingo Strauch

Chapter 10
Looking for Mahāyāna Bodhisattvas: A Reflection on Visual Evidence in Early Indian Buddhism 243-273
Juhyung Rhi

Index 275-301
Figures 303-319
ISBN9781781790960 (hc); 9781781798539 (pbk); 9781781796856 (eb)
Related reviews
  1. Book Review: Setting Out on the Great Way: Essays on Early Mahāyāna Buddhism Edited by Paul Harrison / Bianchini, Francesco (評論)
  2. Review Article: Origins of the Mahāyāna / Silk, Jonathan A. (評論)
Created date2023.06.14
Modified date2023.06.14

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