In this important book, Edward Conze discusses Indian Buddhist philosophy in three phases. The first deals with Archaic Buddhism, the question of "original" doctrine, and the basic tenets common to all Buddhist sects. The second and third consider the two main schools of early Buddhism: Hinayana or "scholastic" Buddhism, and Mahayana, the more metaphysical school of thought. Conze carefully and clearly explains the development of the fundamental ideas of Buddhism in India and in what form each sect adopted them. He looks at doctinal disputes, literary sources, Buddhist logic, Nirvana, ideas of self, and other areas, thus providing the reader with a useful guide to the history and philosophy of Buddhism.
Buddhist Thought in India is essential for those who wish to expand their knowledge of Eastern thought. Students and scholars of philosophy, religion, South Asian studies, and other fields will find it an invaluable resource.