Explores the path leading to enlightenment and teaches the principles and methods of meditation. This text calls for dynamic social engagement based on compassion and wisdom. Philosophical and religious in its approach, it provides a comprehensive summary of the essentials of Mahayana Buddhism.
Hakeda was Associate Professor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Associate Professor of Religion at Columbia University. Ryuichi Abe is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions in the Department of Eas Aisan Languages and Cultures at Harvard University.