Buddhist Thought In India: Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy

Conze, Edward
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George Alien & Unwin
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This book discusses and interprets the main themes of Buddhist thought in India and is divided into three parts:

  • Archaic Buddhism: Tacit assumptions, the problem of "original Buddhism", the three marks and the perverted views, the five cardinal virtues, the cultivation of the social emotions, Dharma and dharmas, Skandhas, sense-fields and elements.
  • The Sthaviras: the eighteen schools, doctrinal disputes, the unconditioned and the process of salvation, some Abhidharma problems.
  • The Mahayana: doctrines common to all Mahayanists, the Madhyamikas, the Yogacarins, Buddhist logic, the Tantras.

Conze, Edward. Buddhist Thought In India: Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy. London: George Alien & Unwin. 1983.