By William M McGovern

William Montgomery McGovern’s Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism used to be one of many first books on Mahayana Buddhism written for a Western viewers. It predates influential English language overviews of Buddhism through D. T. Suzuki, A. Watts, and W. Rahula. the writer used to be born in ny urban in 1897 and spent his latter teenage years (1914-1917) education on the Nishi Hongwanji Mahayana Buddhist monastery in Kyoto, Japan. He based the Mahayana organization at age eighteen and edited and released the magazine "Mahayanist" whereas finishing his experiences on the monastery. creation to Mahayana Buddhism was once written as a part of a thesis which secured him his Buddhist measure and an honorary ordination as a Buddhist priest. meant as a simplified and introductory textual content for a lay viewers, the publication displays the original point of view of a Westerner expert in Japan at a time whilst Mahayana Buddhism was once little recognized within the West. Referencing Buddhist literature, it supplies a quick historical past of Buddhism and the divergence of faculties of Buddhist philosophy, introduces the 4 noble truths, the philosophy of Karma, the character of Buddhahood, reincarnation and the line to nirvana, Buddhist cosmology, and mental and philosophical components of Buddhist teachings. even though the divisions of non Mahayana Buddhist sects and philosophy defined might be thought of dated, Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism is still major for its ancient worth in offering jap non secular and philosophical concept to Westerners at a pivotal time in history.

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