‘The publication of Paul Williams’ Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations in 1989 was a milestone in the development of Buddhist Studies, being the first truly comprehensive and authoritative attempt to chart the doctrinal landscape of Mahayana Buddhism in its entirety. Previous scholars like Edward Conze and Etienne Lamotte had set themselves this daunting task, but it had proved beyond them. Williams not only succeeded in finishing the job, but did it so well that his book has remained the primary work on the subject, and the textbook of choice for teachers of university courses on Buddhism, for 20 years. It is still unrivalled. This makes a second edition all the more welcome. Williams has extensively revised and updated the book in the light of the considerable scholarship published in this area since 1989, at the same time enlarging many of his thoughtful discussions of Mahayana Buddhist philosophical issues. The result is a tour de force of breadth and depth combined. I confidently expect that Williams’ richly detailed map of this field will remain for decades to come an indispensable guide to all those who venture into it.’ - Paul Harrison, Stanford University, USA
Paul Williams is Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy and Co-director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. The author of six books and an editor of a further eight, he is a former President of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies. Among his other books for Routledge is Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition (2000).
It is an excellent volume elaborating the Mahayana Buddhism accepted universally as an authority.
Style is clear. References are dependable. Covers all aspects. Read more
I would recommend this book mainly to practitioners who already have an understanding of Buddhism. However, if you have practiced for a while and you are looking for a book that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by baidarkas
Essential text to understanding Mahayana Buddhism. The Second edition was worth waiting for. Williams provides a short history of the Indian background to Buddhism and then... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert E. Kauffman
I was excited when I ordered this book. I obviously didn't know what I was getting into. The author used very big, and often obscure words, to explain already complex Buddhist... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rick
Some here may be thoroughly familiar with the landmark book published in 1989 by Paul Williams. This second edition has been thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded to reflect... Read morePublished on July 21, 2009 by Ted Biringer
Some here may be thoroughly familiar with the landmark book published in 1989 by Paul Williams. This second edition has been thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded to reflect... Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by Ted Biringer