The Buddhist Tradition in India, China and Japan
This book, compiled from basic Buddhist writings, presents asurvey of Buddhist thought in India, China, and Japan, covering thecentral doctrines and practices that has profoundly influencedhuman life in Asia. Developments in practical ethics, socialattitudes, philosophical speculation, and religious and aestheticcontemplation are represented by selected excerpts from basicwritings with succinct introductions and commentary. From these onemay observe not only the remarkable vitality of Buddhism in itsspread through Asia, but also the essential links between widelydiverse forms, showing how the spiritual message of the Buddhafound expression in different historical and culturalcircumstances. Thus both its continuity in time and its wide rangeof influence mark Buddhism as a major spiritual force in theworld.Buddha, as the Awakened One, has exemplified to millions offollowers throughout the ages a living Truth, a dynamic wisdom andan active compassion. It is these qualities that have inspired hopand courage in men who were asked to face to the stark reality ofman's condition: the inevitable involvement in suffering whicharises from his persistent egoism and refusal to recognize hisfinitude.