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Visions of Mahayana Buddhism: awakening the universe to wisdom and compassion
Mahayana means the 'Great Way' or 'Great Vehicle' and refers to a powerful current of Buddhist thought, practice, and culture. Mahayana Buddhism spread across Asia, settling deeply in China, Korea and Japan in particular. Its emphasis on wisdom and compassion flows on today.
In a unique overview of this inspiring tradition, Nagapriya introduces its themes and huge spectrum of practices, literature, and movements. Charting the evolution and expression of the Mahayana as a whole, he tracks its movement across South and East Asia, uncovering its history, culture, and doctrines and blending this extensive knowledge with a strong element of lived practice.
Ideal for both teaching and personal use, this far-reaching and imaginative guide provides a solid foundation for any study in Buddhism and a valuable voice on Asian history.
"A very helpful introduction and overview of this complex, fascinating tradition."
David R. Loy, author Money, Sex, War, Karma