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The encyclopedia aims at a balanced and even-handed view of Buddhist traditions, presenting the most reliable accounts of well-known issues and filling gaps in heretofore-neglected areas. In doing so, it emphasizes that Buddhism is simultaneously constituted by a plurality of regional traditions and a far-reaching phenomenon spanning almost all of Asia, and more recently far beyond as well.
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Jonathan Silk is professor in the study of Buddhism at Leiden University. His research centers on the scriptural literature of Indian Buddhism.
Vincent Eltschinger has been a research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2003. His research focuses on the genealogy and the religious background of late Indian Buddhist philosophy. Among his numerous publications, mention can be made of Buddhist Epistemology as Apologetics (Vienna, 2014) and a series of articles dedicated to the sources and polemical targets of Asvagho?a.
Oskar von Hinüber is professor emeritus at the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg and ordinary member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, foreign ordinary member (Associé étranger) of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris, and corresponding member of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna. He has mainly published in the fields of ancient Indian cultural history, historical grammar and literature of Middle Indo-Aryan languages, the Buddhist manuscript tradition, and epigraphy.
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