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By Akira Hirakawa

The current quantity is a translation of the 1st of Hirakawa's two-volume historical past. It
covers the interval from Sakyamuni* Buddha to Early Mahayana* in advance of Nagarjuna*
and comprises the classes on which Hirakawa did so much of his personal prior examine. From
1960 to 1968, he released 3 vital reviews on Buddhist associations: Ritsuzo* no
kenkyu* (A examine of the Vinaya-pitaka*), Genshi Bukkyo* no kenkyu (A examine of Early
Buddhism), and Shoki Daijo* Bukkyo no kenkyu (Studies in Early Mahayana Buddhism).
These reviews, all popping out of his curiosity within the vinaya, verified his mastery of
Indian Buddhist institutional heritage. This study used to be rather vital in his
formulation of a brand new concept of the increase of Mahayana *. by way of concentrating on the necessity to identify
an institutional base from which Mahayana arose, Hirakawa argued that stupa* worship
and the formula of Mahayana units of precepts supplied vital proof for the
development of Mahayana Buddhism.

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