Sino-Platonic Papers has rereleased for free Life and Light, the Infinite: A Historical and Philological Analysis of the Amida Cult (2.2 MB PDF), by Soho Machida.
Here’s a bit of borrowed biographical information about the author:
Soho Machida spent twenty years as a Zen monk at Daitokuji monastery, Kyoto, before moving to the United States, where he received a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at Princeton University and the National University of Singapore, and is now a professor at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He has written extensively on religion and ethics.
And here’s the table of contents of the work.
- Two Names of Amida Buddha
- Amida, Amita, or Amrta?
- Amida Buddha and Indian Mythology
- Which came first, Amitayus or Amitabha?
- The Idea of Luminosity in Mahayana Thought
- The Encounter of Buddhism and Zoroastrianism
- Luminosity and the Cult of Mithra
- Parallel Features with Iranian Religion
- The Old Religion of the Indo-Iranians
This was originally published in December 1988 as issue no. 9 of Sino-Platonic Papers.