A survey of Buddhism continues to provide and indispensable study of the entire field of Buddhist thought and practice. Covering all major doctrines and traditions, both in relation to Buddhism as a whole and to the spiritual life of the individual Buddhist, Sangharakshita place their development in historical and cultural context. This is an objective but sympathetic appraisal of Buddhism's many forms, that clearly demonstrates the underlying unity of all its schools. The first sections concentrates on basic doctrines and methods common to all of Buddhism, while later sections discuss the teachings and practices of its specific schools. The book closes approapriately with the practical aspects of Mahayana Buddhism-which stresses the unity of compassion and wisdom, as exemplified by the Bodhisattva idea, the perfectly ripened fruit of the whole vast tree of Buddhism.