A superb anthology of the Golden Age of Buddhist literature.
Each of Buddhism's numerous traditional schools has its own set of Scriptures. In making the selections for this volume, Dr Conze concentrated on texts which reflect the essence of Buddhist teachings, on that which is common rather than that which separates. There is very little in this collection that any Buddhist - of any school - would be prepared to reject. Recorded between AD 100 and 400, the writings here include passages from the Dhammapada, the Buddhacarita, the Questions of Kin Milinda and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, all translated to preserve as much of the flavour of the original as possible.
PART I: THE TEACHER
Chapter 1. The Buddha's Previous Lives
Chapter 2. The Legend of the Buddha Shakyamuni
PART II: DOCTRINES
Chapter 1. Morality
Chapter 2. Meditation
Chapter 3. Wisdom
Chapter 4. Doctrinal Formulas
Chapter 5. Doctrinal Disputes
PART III: OTHER WORLDS AND FUTURE TIMES
Chapter 1. Other Worlds
Chapter 2. Maitreya, the Future Buddha
Glossary of Technical Terms