By Kogen Mizuno
Founded in India twenty-five hundred years ago by the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, Buddhism ranks as one of the three great universal religions. The history of its transmission from India to the countries where it flourished is in essence the story of the transmission of the teachings recorded in its sutras, or scriptures. This book offers an engrossing account both of the origin and development of the sutras and of the priests who braved perilous journeys and mastered unfamiliar languages in order to carry the sutras to new lands. Because of China’s signal role in the history of Buddhism–as home to the greatest of scriptural translators and birthplace of most of the extant sects of Mahayana Buddhism–the story of the transmission of the sutras to China is particularly important. ‘Heartily recommended’ – The Middle Way.
Kogen Mizuno, Litt.D., one of Japan’s foremost scholars of Buddhism and an authority on Pali texts, was president of Komazawa University, where he also taught Buddhology. His numerous books include Basic Buddhist Concepts, Essentials of Buddhism and The Beginnings of Buddhism.
220 pp. 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm (Paperback)
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