By Akira Hirakawa
The current quantity is a translation of the 1st of Hirakawa's two-volume background. It
covers the interval from Sakyamuni* Buddha to Early Mahayana* prior to Nagarjuna*
and comprises the classes on which Hirakawa did such a lot of his personal prior study. From
1960 to 1968, he released 3 very important stories on Buddhist associations: Ritsuzo* no
kenkyu* (A examine of the Vinaya-pitaka*), Genshi Bukkyo* no kenkyu (A examine of Early
Buddhism), and Shoki Daijo* Bukkyo no kenkyu (Studies in Early Mahayana Buddhism).
These experiences, all popping out of his curiosity within the vinaya, tested his mastery of
Indian Buddhist institutional heritage. This learn used to be fairly very important in his
formulation of a brand new concept of the increase of Mahayana *. via concentrating on 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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