Originally published in 1986.
In this study of initiation in the Nikayas (Discourses of the Buddha), the author presents evidence which makes it clear that salvation in early Buddhism depended upon the intervention of the Buddha’s grace. Contrary to the view of Buddhism as a philosophy of self-endeavour, the picture that emerges from examination of the canonical texts is one of Buddhism as a revealed religion in every sense of the term.
Chapter One: The Spiritual Division of the Buddhist World
Chapter Two: The Path
Chapter Three: The Goal
Chapter Four: The New Brahmin