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The Essentials of Buddhist Philosophy by the eminent and prolific Japanese Buddhist scholar Junjiro Takakusu (1866-1945) essentially follows the skeletal design of an introductory overview of Japanese Buddhism by the Kegon monk Gyonen (1240-1321) called _The Essentials of the Eight Schools_ (Hasshu koyo) composed in 1268. It was written for "beginners" (shogakusha) and was widely circulated and used as a basic text in Japan until the Meiji Restoration (1868) - six centuries.

Takakusu's Essentials, like Gyonen's, begin with two short chapters (but rather dense for "beginners") on "Indian Background" and "Fundamental Principles of Buddhist Philosophy" from a Japanese Mahayanist perspective. Then follow separate chapters on five of the six "Nara" schools -- Kusha, Jojitsu, Hosso, Sanron [i.e., Madhyamika], and Kegon [Avatamsaka]. The "New" Ritsu school is not examined until the end of the list.

Takakusu's Essentials provides a substantial index, kanji for many names and technical terms; and, perhaps as useful as anything else, (tentative) English equivalents. Also charts, with English, Sanskrit, and kanji, of the 75 dharmas of the Kusha School, and the 100 dharmas of the Hosso school. No, it does not take time to examine the socio-historical context underlying all of this, but it does provide a clean, detailed outline of facts for ready reference.

  • By: JUNJIRO TAKAKUSU
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