Of all the great religions, it is Buddhism that has focused most intensively on the aspect of religion that we call spirituality. No religion has set a higher value on the states of spiritual insight and liberation, and none has set forth so methodically and with such a wealth of reflection the various paths and disciplines by which such states are reached.
As the first volume of these two volumes covered the earlier career of Buddhism as it unfolded in India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, and China, the present volume takes up further developments in China, Korea, and Japan, incyding Ch’an (Zen) and new Buddhist movements. And whereas the first volume was dominated by the specualtive and analytical spirit of India, and its methodical ascetic quest for a definitive liberation, the present volume, in contrast, is pervaded by the Chinese realization of enlightenment here and now, and by the practical, down-to-earth, this-worldly terms in which the enlightened vision was expressed and enacted.
… a valuable reference guide to the state of the art in the field for scholars, as well as for readers interested in the Buddhist tradition in particular, and in the study and practice of religion and spirituality in general.