This work presents a survey of Indian Buddhism with detailed bibliographical notes.
Basing itself on recent studies, it is intended to introduce studies in various
aspects of Indian Buddhism carried on by Japanese scholars as well as Western and Asian,
especially Indian, scholars.
The main text constitutes a general survey of the development of Indian Buddhism, and
studies by scholars past and present are mentioned in full detail in copious footnotes with
This work can be regarded, so to speak, as a development with revisions, of the
Buddhist portion of M. Winternitz' History of Indian Literature. Major studies before and
after Winternitz' work are exhaustively mentioned. As a reference work also this book is
extreme help to scholars and students alike.
The work has been edited by Prof. Ramesh Mathur.
About the Author
Professor Hajime Nakamura, D. Litt., Honorary D. Litt., Deshikottama (Visva-Bharati)
is a distinguished scholar of international repute.
He was Professor of Indian and Buddhist Philosophy at the University of Tokyo for
thirty years. Since his retirement he has been conducting the Eastern Institute, as the
Founder Director. He is now Professor Emeritus of University of Tokyo, a member of the
Academy of Japan, and was awarded the Order of Merit by the Emperor.
He was awarded the honorary degree of Vidya-Vacaspati by the President of the
Republic of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. He has been visiting Professor in various
Universities of the world.
He is the author of History of Early Vedanta Philosophy; Early Buddhism (in
Japanese); A Comparative History of Ideas and History of the Development of Japanese Thought
and many other books and articles.
The fortunate possessor of this remarkable survey of Buddhist bibliography by the Japanese
savant Hajime Nakamura could scarcely anticipate the rich contents by the author's modest
preface. Here he briefly details labors of over two decades, starting with articles on
Japanese bibliography, reaching out in notes to Western bibliography. The range of Buddhist
bibliography is encyclopedic, and the work is therefore properly entitled Indian
It is a pleasure for the editor and the publishing firm motilal Banarsidass to
inaugurate the Buddhist Traditions Series by reprinting Professor Nakamura's annotated
bibliography. The further volumes in this series will be of smaller format. The exception is
gladly made for Professor Nakamura's work because a photographic reduction would have
seriously impaired the consultation of the text and of the numerous Sino-Japanese
This work will present a survey of Indian Buddhism with bibliographical notes. The main
sentences will constitute a general survey, but studies by scholars are mentioned
occasionally with evaluation.
Originally this work was intended to introduce recent studies carried on especially
by the Japanese scholars; but in order to evaluate them the author had to pay due attention
to the works of the Western and Asian, especially Indian scholars, hence they have also been
Several parts of this survey were published earlier in the following journals:
Bukkyo Kenkyu, Hamamatsu, No. 3, August 1973, p. 88f; No. 5, March 1976, p. 167f.;
No. 6, February 1977, p. 164f.
The Journal of Intercultural Studies, No. 2, 1975, pp. 84-122; No. 3, 1976, pp.
60-145; No. 4, 1977, pp. 77-135; No. 5, 1978, pp. 89-138.
These have been revised and enlarged and some sections on the historical background
and logic have been newly added.
As this work of survey has been under preparation for over two decades, always
improving the previous manuscripts, the style of citing sources and works is not consistent,
but I hope that the main body of this book and the exhaustive, although not complete,
footnotes will give readers fairly useful information and prove helpful to scholars in the
I am extremely grateful to Dr. Takako Tanimoto, President of the Kansai University
of Foreign Studies, for establishing the Intercultural Research Institute ad for sponsoring
the Journal of Intercultural Studies, a yearly journal with high academic and technical
standards. I am thankful to Professor Haruo Koze, Director of the Intercultural Research
Institute for including this survey in the monograph series of the institute. Dr. Ramesh
Mathur took the initiative and responsibility to get this survey published in the present
form and his colleague Ms. Kerstin Vidaeus shared equally the entire editing and publication
work. Without the kind help and assistance of these ladies and gentlemen, this work would
not have been brought to this state of completion. Herewith, I express my sincere gratitude
to all of them.
I am very appreciative of the fine work done by the staff members, Mr. Eikichi
Hirakawa and Mr. Tadashi Fujimura, and the workers of the Sanseido Press and commend them
for their spirit of cooperation and hard work.
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