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Speaking for Buddhas: Scriptural Commentary in Indian Buddhism

Richard Nance


Buddhist intellectual discourse owes its development to a dynamic interplay between primary source materials and subsequent interpretation, yet scholarship on Indian Buddhism has long neglected to privilege one crucial series of texts. Commentaries on Buddhist scriptures, particularly the sūtras, offer rich insights into the complex relationship between Buddhist intellectual practices and the norms that inform—and are informed by—them. This book revisits—and rewrites—the critical history of Buddhist thought, including its unique conception of doctrinal transmission. Attributed to such luminari ... More

Keywords: Indian Buddhism, Buddhist scriptures, sūtras, Buddhist thought, doctrinal transmission, Buddha

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231152303
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231152303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Nance, author
Indiana University