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Hermeneutics and Tradition in the Samdhinirmocana-sutra (Buddhist Tradition) (v. 53)

Price : $16.75
ISBN # : 9788120819269
Author : John Powers
pages: 186
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Published : 2004

This book deals with the complex interrelationship between theories of spiritual interpretation and Buddhist notions of tradition and authority with respect to the Samdhinirmocana-sutra, the main spiritual source of the Yogacara school of Indian Buddhism. This study looks at the text from a number of perspectives, including several current methodological models, philological analyses, and historical consideration. The purpose of this approach is to provide a multi-faceted analysis of this complex work.



Author Bio: C. John Powers, Ph.D. (1991), University of Virginia, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. He has published a number of works on Buddhist and Western philosophy and religion



Review: '...le texte porte tout l'essentiel des problemes permanents du bouddhisme.' J.M., Nouvelle Revue Theologique, 1994. 'The main strength of this study lies not just in the author's carefully balanced explanation of the sutra's hermeneutical position but in the way it is explained in terms of the socio-political environment in which the sutra operated ...this study deserves a wider audience for the way in which it demonstrates that religious texts, if they are to be fully understood, cannot be considered in isolation from the author's intentions and the social and political milieu in which they are written.'

Source: Peter Hill, South Asia, 1995.

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