I thought you said you were well read. You might avail yourself of some quality time spent with Rupert Gethin's THE FOUNDATIONS OF BUDDHISM and A.K. Warder's INDIAN BUDDHISM and Peter Harvey's AN INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM: TEACHINGS, HISTORY AND PRACTICES and Paul William's BUDDHIST THOUGHT and J. Bronkhorst's BUDDHIST TEACHINGS IN INDIA and Richard Gombrich's WHAT THE BUDDHA THOUGHT.son of dhamma wrote:Do you know much about what was taking place doctrinally on the mainland? Anyone? I'd like to understand more in-depth the relation to the Buddha's teaching here.
And if you really want to impress the folks: E Lamotte's HISTORY OF INDIAN BUDDHISM.