By Akira Hirakawa
The current quantity is a translation of the 1st of Hirakawa's two-volume heritage. It
covers the interval from Sakyamuni* Buddha to Early Mahayana* prior to Nagarjuna*
and contains the sessions on which Hirakawa did so much of his personal past examine. From
1960 to 1968, he released 3 vital experiences on Buddhist associations: Ritsuzo* no
kenkyu* (A examine of the Vinaya-pitaka*), Genshi Bukkyo* no kenkyu (A research of Early
Buddhism), and Shoki Daijo* Bukkyo no kenkyu (Studies in Early Mahayana Buddhism).
These reports, all popping out of his curiosity within the vinaya, verified his mastery of
Indian Buddhist institutional background. This learn used to be really very important in his
formulation of a brand new thought of the increase of Mahayana *. through targeting the necessity to identify
an institutional base from which Mahayana arose, Hirakawa argued that stupa* worship
and the formula of Mahayana units of precepts supplied very important facts for the
development of Mahayana Buddhism.
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Extra resources for A History of Indian Buddhism, From Śākyamuni to Early Mahāyāna
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A History of Indian Buddhism, From Śākyamuni to Early Mahāyāna by Akira Hirakawa