An Analytical Study Of Four Nikayas
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Item Code: IDD903
Author: Dipak Kumar Barua
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 9788121510677
Pages: 643
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 6.0"
Weight 900 gm

About the Book

The first four Nikaya-texts belonging to the Suttapitaka of the Pali Tipitaka which contains the sacred sayings of Gotama (Skt. Gautama) Buddha are of inextimable value since they provide important source-materials to study the religio-cultural history of the contemporary period. From the sociological point of view to they are of utmost significance, because they vividly present the daily life of the people of ancient India. Hence the importance of the Nikayas can neither be gainsaid nor exaggerated. In fact, this work contains an outline study of the four Nikayas, namely, Dighanikaya, Majjhimanikaya, Samyttanikaya, and Anguttaranikaya, which belong to the Theravada Pali Canon, on some select aspects in five chapters and three appendices treating of the age of the Nikayas, comparative study between the Sanskrit/Chinese Agamas and Pali Nikayas, their language, Buddha's discourses to the laity, teachings of Early Buddhism under the threefold divisions of Sila, Samadhi and Panna, discussions on administrative, social and economic condition of ancient India, Historical and geographical materials found in the Nikayas, mutual relation of the treatment of similes in the Suttas of those Nikayas. In the present work, on the whole, an attempt has been made to introduce the first four Nikayas-texts in their entirety.

About the Author

Dipak Kumar Barua (born 1938) is a well-known Pali scholar with a brilliant academic record. He retired as Professor and Head of the Department of Pali, University of Calcutta. He was also nominated National Lecturer in Pali by UGC and became the Director of Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda. His published work are: Anagarika Dharmapala: A Study (1964); Catalogue of Folklore Exhibition (1966); Vihara in Ancient India: A Survey of Buddhist Monasteries (1969); An Analytical Study of the Four Nikayas (1971, 2002); Buddha Gaya Temple; Its History (1975, 1981); Buddhist Art of Central Asia (1981); Ruparupa-Vibhaga of Acariya Buddhadatta Thera, Pali text with English translation and notes (1995); Buddhadattakrta Ruparup-Vibhaga, Pali text with Bengali translation and note (1997).

 

CONTENTS

 

Foreword ix
Preface to the Edition xiii
Preface to the First Edition xv
Acknowledgements xviii
CHAPTER ONE

THE FOUR NIKAYAS
Probable time of compilation of the four Nikayas
Nikayas and Agamas compared
Language of the Nikayas

1
CHAPTER TOW

DISCOURSES TO THE LAITY
Introductory Discussion
Definitions of Gahapati and Upasaka
Ethical
Religious
Secular Discourses
Jaina Discourses Compared

64
CHAPTER THREE

DISCOURSES ON SILA, SAMADHI AND PNNA
Introduction Discussion
Sila
Samadhi
Panna

121
CHAPTER FOUR

DISCUSSIONS ON SECULAR MATTERS - ADMINISTRATIVE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC
Origin of State
Kinship
Republican form of Government
Military Administration
Rural Administration
Caste
Classes of People
Slavery
Marriage and Position of Women
Offences and Punishments
General Life
Agriculture
Industry
Seaproducts
Trade and Commerce
Famine

175
CHAPTER FIVE

HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL IN THE NIKAYAS
Anga
Magadha
Kasi
Kosala
Vajji
Malla
Cedi
Vamsa
Kuru
Pancala
Maccha
Surasena
Assaka
Avanti
Gandhara
Kamboja
Clans and Peoples
Conception of Jambudipa
Physiography
Divisions of India
Physical Features Places Mentioned

272
APPENDIX ONE

Mutual Relations of the Four Nikaya

367
APPENDIX TWO

Treatment of Similes in the four Nikaya

376
APPENDIX THREE

Brief contents of the Suttas in the Four Nikaya

403
Select Bibliography 597
Index to Names 609
Index to Subjects 618

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