The Awakening of Faith: The Classic Exposition of Mahayana Buddhism

Aśvaghoṣa D.T. Suzuki


The Awakening of Faith: The Classic Exposition of Mahayana Buddhism

The Awakening of Faith: The Classic Exposition of Mahayana Buddhism

  • Title: The Awakening of Faith: The Classic Exposition of Mahayana Buddhism
  • Author: Aśvaghoṣa D.T. Suzuki
  • ISBN: 9780486431413
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback



Comprehensive and coherent, this guide to a complex system of Buddhism is so authoritative that it has been employed in the instruction of Buddhist priests Readers will find that it offers the keys to the essentials of Mahayana Buddhism, a liberal and theistic branch of the faith practiced chiefly in China and Japan.Translated by the distinguished scholar Teitaro Suzuki,Comprehensive and coherent, this guide to a complex system of Buddhism is so authoritative that it has been employed in the instruction of Buddhist priests Readers will find that it offers the keys to the essentials of Mahayana Buddhism, a liberal and theistic branch of the faith practiced chiefly in China and Japan.Translated by the distinguished scholar Teitaro Suzuki, the text discusses how humans can transcend their finite state to partake in the life of the infinite Practices and techniques to assist believers in the awakening and growth of faith appear here, in addition to the most developed form of tathagata garbha, or Buddha matrix teachings.This accessible work was written specifically for those who prefer a brief and pithy presentation to extensive discourse.


Recent Comments "The Awakening of Faith: The Classic Exposition of Mahayana Buddhism"

Take my review of the book with a grain of salt since my understanding of important matters like the nature of enlightenment, which the text deals with, is small.The Awakening of Faith is a Mahayana text, attributed to the Indian Asvaghosha, that survives only in Chinese. It is a terse summary of the essential points of Mahayana Buddhism, namely the nature of the absolute reality or enlightenment and of the relative reality or nonenlightenment, their relationship to one another, and how one goes [...]

One of the excellent Shrine of Wisdom Series, that made key books on religion, philosophy and spirituality available to a wider audience before every bookshop had a mind, body and spirit section.Asvaghosha was one of the earliest exponents of the Mahayana school of Buddhism that flourished in northern India and Tibet. His work is in many ways psychological and of great interest for that reason. The ideas are presented in a philosophical style that is well reasoned and thought provoking. As alway [...]

For those already exposed to Mahayana thought, a good summary work, and the notes from the translator are useful, but I expect the text will be difficult for those beginning their Buddhist studies.


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