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The History of Buddhist Thought – Edward J. Thomas (1933) (1st ed)


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The History of Buddhist Thought – Edward J. Thomas (1933) (1st ed)


Buddhist philosophy as elucidated by a Pali scholar working in the University of Cambridge library.

Title: The History of Buddhist Thought

Author: Edward J. Thomas

Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Truber & Co., London. 1933. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Very good. Severe foxing to edges, and sporadic foxing to text. Covers bright, binding tight. Stamp to title page. With black and white plates. 314pp. 9″ by 6″.

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Contents include:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Ascetic Ideal
  3. The Councils: Early Schools
  4. Early Doctrine: Yoga
  5. Causation
  6. Brahminism & the Upanishads
  7. Karma
  8. Release and Nirvana
  9. Developments in Abidhamma
  10. The Buddhas
  11. The Lotus of the True Doctrine
  12. Popular Bodhisattva Doctrine
  13. Buddhism and Modern Thought

About the author:

Edward Joseph Thomas (1869–1958) was a librarian in India and author of several books on the history of Buddhism. His works, mainly concerned with Theravada Buddhism and reflecting Western scholarship, nonetheless remain widely cited for their clarity and accuracy. The Life of Buddha as Legend and History is inevitably cited in Buddhist research. Thomas’s ability as a Pali scholar and translator was noted in his time. (from wikipedia)