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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 by way of D. T. Suzuki, A. Watts, and W. Rahula. the writer was once born in big apple 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. advent 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 e-book displays the original viewpoint of a Westerner informed in Japan at a time while Mahayana Buddhism used to be little recognized within the West. Referencing Buddhist literature, it supplies a brief background of Buddhism and the divergence of colleges 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 parts of Buddhist teachings. even though the divisions of non Mahayana Buddhist sects and philosophy defined should be thought of dated, Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism continues to be major for its ancient worth in offering jap non secular and philosophical notion to Westerners at a pivotal time in history.

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