Nagarjuna in Context: Mahayana Buddhism and Early Indian Culture

Kobo ebook | August 21, 2012

byJoseph Walser

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Joseph Walser provides the first examination of Nagarjuna's life and writings in the context of the religious and monastic debates of the second century CE. Walser explores how Nagarjuna secured the canonical authority of Mahayana teachings and considers his use of rhetoric to ensure the transmission of his writings by Buddhist monks. Drawing on close textual analysis of Nagarjuna's writings and other Buddhist and non-Buddhist sources, Walser offers an original contribution to the understanding of Nagarjuna and the early history of Buddhism.

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Joseph Walser provides the first examination of Nagarjuna's life and writings in the context of the religious and monastic debates of the second century CE. Walser explores how Nagarjuna secured the canonical authority of Mahayana teachings and considers his use of rhetoric to ensure the transmission of his writings by Buddhist monks. ...

Joseph Walser is associate professor and department chair of comparative religion at Tufts University.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Locating Mahayana
2. Locating Nagarjuna
3. Mahayana and the Constraints of Monastic Law
4. Mahayana Sutras as Monastic Property
5. On the Parasitic Strategies of Mahayana
6. Abhidharma and Sectarian Identity
7. Nagarjuna and the Abhidharma
Conclusion: Toward the Outline of a Career
Appendix: The Authorship of the Ratnava
Notes
Bibliography

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