Hinduism and Buddhism

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy


Hinduism and Buddhism


x + 112 pp.
Golden Elixir Press, 2011
ISBN 978-0-9843082-3-1

Paperback, US$ 13.95 (list price)
PDF, US$ 8.95 (list price)

First published in 1943, this outstanding book represents in many ways the most complete achievement of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), one of the main modern representatives of the Hindu tradition. Displaying an unequaled mastery of Sanskrit, Pali, Greek, Latin, and medieval German and Italian sources, Coomaraswamy shows that "the Indian tradition is one of the forms of the Philosophia Perennis, and as such, embodies those universal truths to which no one people or age can make exclusive claim."

This is the only English-language edition that includes all the additions and changes that the Author contributed, shortly before his death, to the French translation of his work.

PDF sample (two chapters from the Hinduism section and two chapters from the Buddhism section).


Publisher's Note, vii
Abbreviations, ix
   Introduction, 3
   The Myth, 7
   Theology and Autology, 15
   The Way of Works, 33
   The Social Order, 45
   Introduction, 57
   The Myth, 67
   The Doctrine, 79
Author's Note, 111