Studies in the Lankavarara Sutra

By D.T. Suzuki
December 2007, reprint of the 1929 edition
Munshiram Manoharlal
Distributed By Coronet Books
ISBN: 9788121508339      
464 pages, 5 3/4 x 9"
$47.50  Hardcover

This is one of the most important Mahayana texts, and the Napalese Buddhists consider it to be one of the nine canonical texts. The text contains almost all the main ideas, both philosophical and theological, of Mahayana Buddhism. The Yogacara School of Mahayana considers this text to be its fundamental text, as it contains all those ideas of idealism, like Mind-only store-house-consciousness, which would form the basis of philosophy of this school.

As the text is terse, difficult to understand, and complex insofar as teh presentation of ideas is concerned, the author has tried his best to explain the basic ideas of the Lankavatara in the context of historical evolution of Buddhism, which culminated in the emergence of Mahayana. In the first part of the book, the author has made a textual study of the text in the context of various translations that were carried out in China.


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