Nagarjuna in Context: Mahayana Buddhism and Early Indian Culture
By: Joseph Walser (author)Hardback
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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.
Joseph Walser is associate professor and department chair of comparative religion at Tufts University.
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Locating Mahayana2. Locating Nagarjuna3. Mahayana and the Constraints of Monastic Law4. Mahayana Sutras as Monastic Property5. On the Parasitic Strategies of Mahayana6. Abhidharma and Sectarian Identity7. Nagarjuna and the AbhidharmaConclusion: Toward the Outline of a CareerAppendix: The Authorship of the RatnavaNotesBibliography
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