CONTENTS:- - Recent Progress in Buddhist Studes. - Buddhist Saviours. - Mahayana Buddhism. - The Meditation on Death. - The Lotus of the Good Law. - The Development of Prajnaparamita Thought. - The Prajnaparamita hrdaya Sutra. - The Composition of the Astasahasika. - Hate, Love and Perfect Wisdom. - The Perfection of Wisdom in Seven Hundred Lines. - Prajna and Sophia. - Buddhist Philosophy and its european parallels. - Spurious parallels to buddhist philosophy. - The Iconography of the Prajnaparamita.
Dr. Conze, widely known as a leading Buddhist scholar through his many publications (among them Buddhism: Its Essence and Development, which has become a classic), has published during the thirty years of his working life a great number of important articles which are scattered over many periodicals difficult or almost impossible to obtain. To meet a growing demand for the most important of these articles to be re-published we are presenting this volume which contains both translations and original essays: the indispensable report on Recent Progress in Buddhist Studies; the survey of Mahayana Buddhism which is still the only account based on the actual sources; the comparisons of Buddhist and European philosophy; the essay on Buddhist Saviours. The remaining articles deal with the Prajnaparamita on which the author is the leading authority in the west. The translations included will be specially welcome because reliable English translations of Buddhist texts are still rare. Thus this volume will be invaluable and indispensable for all students of religion and philosophy.