A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition
Routledge – 2000 – 336 pages
Buddhist Thought guides the reader towards a richer understanding of the central concepts of classical Indian Buddhist thought, from the time of Buddha, to the latest scholarly perspectives and controversies. Abstract and complex ideas are made understandable by the authors' lucid style. Of particular interest is the up-to-date survey of Buddhist Tantra in India, a branch of Buddhism where strictly controlled sexual activity can play a part in the religious path. Williams' discussion of this controversial practice as well as of many other subjects makes Buddhist Thought crucial reading for all interested in Buddhism.
'I would thoroughly recommend this book as an introduction for anyone trying to understand the rich variety of Buddhist thought on the fundamental question of existence.' - Denise Cush, Bath Spa University College
'Although aimed at students, the book is ideal for the general reader.' - Network
'The strength of the book is the clarity of its presentation and the quality and breadth of the scholarship behind it … It will be stimulating reading to anyone a little bewildered by the wealth and variety of Buddhist texts and practices … It deserves to enter many a reading list.' - Reviews in Religion and Theology
Paul Williams is Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy and Co-Director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. His numerous publications include Mahayana Buddhism (Routledge, 1989).