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BUDDHISM IN CENTRAL ASIA (Buddhist Tradition Series)
BUDDHISM IN CENTRAL ASIA (Buddhist Tradition Series)
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About the Book:

    Buddhism in Central Asia is a saga of Peaceful pursuit by Buddhist scholars from Kashmir and Kabul to propagate the message of the Buddha. This vast region between the Tien-Shan and the Kunlun ranges was the centre of activities of these Buddhist savants. Here people of different races and professions, speaking many languages, were finally blended into a cosmopolitan culture. This created an intellectual climate of high order. In this context, the famous silk trade route was helpful in adding to the material prosperity of the people in this region

    The present study, therefore, is not one of Buddhism in isolation. It equally provides an account of the political forces confronting each other during the course of history of this region for well over a thousand years.

    For centuries the drifting desert sand of central Asia enveloped this civilization and the region connected with it. The late-nineteenth and early twentieth century explorers and archaeologists successfully uncovered it at different centres along the old Silk Route. This has been helpful for a comprehensive study of Buddhism with its literature and art. The finds of hundreds of inscriptions have added to the cultural dimensions of the study.

About the Author:

    DR. BAIN NATH PURI (born 25th January 1916) is one of the leading historians of the country. His two works India in the Time of Patanjali and The History of the Gurjara-Pratiharas earned him the two research degrees of M. Litt and D. Phil of the University of Oxford. His publications number over 25.

    Dr. Puri is widely travelled and was invited to deliver lectures at many universities in Europe. He was for more than five years Professor and Head of the Department of Ancient Indian History and Archaeology at the Lucknow University. He is now a Professor Emeritus.

Experts from Reviews:

... Buddhism in Central Asia is a work packed with information representing great labours among the source material. It describes and summarizes a complex period of momentous import for the development of Buddhism beyond its Indian homeland.

ERIC CHETHAM.
The Middle Way, Vol. 63, No. 3, 1988.

 

... Dr. Puri has focused on this area (Buddhism) and has brought together a wealth of material in a condensed and compact form

Buddhist Studies Review 9, 1, 1992.


CONTENTS


I. INTRODUCTION
    Role of Central Asian Peoples
    Ancient Routes
    Buddhist Finds - Liberary Texts and Monuments
II. EARLY HISTORY OF CENTRAL ASIA
    The Political States of Central Asia
      Kashgar
      Khotan
    Northern Route States
      Kucha
      Agnidesa or Karasahr
      Kao-chang or Turfan
    The Regality and Buddhism in the Northern States
III. BUDDHISM AND BUDDHIST SAVANTS OF CENTRAL ASIA
    Buddhism in Afghanistan, Bactria and Parthia
    Buddhism and the Southern States
    Buddhism and Buddhist Scholars in the Northern States
      Kumarajiva - His Life and Contributions
      Kumarajiva and His Contemporaries
    Later Buddhist Savants
    Buddhism and Other Religions in Central Asia
      Brahmanism
    Manichaeism, Nestorian Christianity and Buddhism
    Some New Trends in Buddhism
    Tibetan Buddhism
    Buddhism in Mongolia and Tibet

IV. LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
    Languages
    Scripts
    Canonical Literature
    Tibetan Buddhist Literature

V. MATERIAL CULTURE
    Cultural Integration
    Family Life
    Food and Food Habits
    Dress and Ornaments
    Pastime and Recreations
    Agricultural Economy
    Handicrafts and other Industries
    National Economy and Medium of Exchange and Barter
    Labour and Transport
    Administration and Rural Economy

VI. THE ART OF CENTRAL ASIA
    Miran
    The Khotan Complex
    The Northern Schools
    Kara-shahr
    The Turfan Group
    Tun-huang
    Soviet Central Asia
    Afghanistan
    Fondukistan
    Begram
    Hadda
    Gandhara Region
    Tibetan Art

VII. THE SUMMING - UP
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY: BOOKS
PAPERS

INDEX
PLATES (after p.352)
  1. Buddha with Six Monks
  2. Bodhisattva Seated on a Throne with a Devotee
  3. Two Girl Worshippers
  4. Hariti
  5. Bust of Buddha
  6. Worshipper or Indra
  7. The Trimurti with a Small Seated Buddha
  8. Cowherd Listening to the Sermon
  9. Head of Mahakasyapa
  10. Group of Swimmers
  11. Goddess and Celestial Musicians
  12. buddha and Praying Monk
  13. Worshipping Bodhisattva
  14. Buddha under a Canopy
  15. An Uighurian Prince
  16. Bodhisattva

     

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About the Book:

    Buddhism in Central Asia is a saga of Peaceful pursuit by Buddhist scholars from Kashmir and Kabul to propagate the message of the Buddha. This vast region between the Tien-Shan and the Kunlun ranges was the centre of activities of these Buddhist savants. Here people of different races and professions, speaking many languages, were finally blended into a cosmopolitan culture. This created an intellectual climate of high order. In this context, the famous silk trade route was helpful in adding to the material prosperity of the people in this region

    The present study, therefore, is not one of Buddhism in isolation. It equally provides an account of the political forces confronting each other during the course of history of this region for well over a thousand years.

    For centuries the drifting desert sand of central Asia enveloped this civilization and the region connected with it. The late-nineteenth and early twentieth century explorers and archaeologists successfully uncovered it at different centres along the old Silk Route. This has been helpful for a comprehensive study of Buddhism with its literature and art. The finds of hundreds of inscriptions have added to the cultural dimensions of the study.

About the Author:

    DR. BAIN NATH PURI (born 25th January 1916) is one of the leading historians of the country. His two works India in the Time of Patanjali and The History of the Gurjara-Pratiharas earned him the two research degrees of M. Litt and D. Phil of the University of Oxford. His publications number over 25.

    Dr. Puri is widely travelled and was invited to deliver lectures at many universities in Europe. He was for more than five years Professor and Head of the Department of Ancient Indian History and Archaeology at the Lucknow University. He is now a Professor Emeritus.

Experts from Reviews:

... Buddhism in Central Asia is a work packed with information representing great labours among the source material. It describes and summarizes a complex period of momentous import for the development of Buddhism beyond its Indian homeland.

ERIC CHETHAM.
The Middle Way, Vol. 63, No. 3, 1988.

 

... Dr. Puri has focused on this area (Buddhism) and has brought together a wealth of material in a condensed and compact form

Buddhist Studies Review 9, 1, 1992.


CONTENTS


I. INTRODUCTION
    Role of Central Asian Peoples
    Ancient Routes
    Buddhist Finds - Liberary Texts and Monuments
II. EARLY HISTORY OF CENTRAL ASIA
    The Political States of Central Asia
      Kashgar
      Khotan
    Northern Route States
      Kucha
      Agnidesa or Karasahr
      Kao-chang or Turfan
    The Regality and Buddhism in the Northern States
III. BUDDHISM AND BUDDHIST SAVANTS OF CENTRAL ASIA
    Buddhism in Afghanistan, Bactria and Parthia
    Buddhism and the Southern States
    Buddhism and Buddhist Scholars in the Northern States
      Kumarajiva - His Life and Contributions
      Kumarajiva and His Contemporaries
    Later Buddhist Savants
    Buddhism and Other Religions in Central Asia
      Brahmanism
    Manichaeism, Nestorian Christianity and Buddhism
    Some New Trends in Buddhism
    Tibetan Buddhism
    Buddhism in Mongolia and Tibet

IV. LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
    Languages
    Scripts
    Canonical Literature
    Tibetan Buddhist Literature

V. MATERIAL CULTURE
    Cultural Integration
    Family Life
    Food and Food Habits
    Dress and Ornaments
    Pastime and Recreations
    Agricultural Economy
    Handicrafts and other Industries
    National Economy and Medium of Exchange and Barter
    Labour and Transport
    Administration and Rural Economy

VI. THE ART OF CENTRAL ASIA
    Miran
    The Khotan Complex
    The Northern Schools
    Kara-shahr
    The Turfan Group
    Tun-huang
    Soviet Central Asia
    Afghanistan
    Fondukistan
    Begram
    Hadda
    Gandhara Region
    Tibetan Art

VII. THE SUMMING - UP
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY: BOOKS
PAPERS

INDEX
PLATES (after p.352)
  1. Buddha with Six Monks
  2. Bodhisattva Seated on a Throne with a Devotee
  3. Two Girl Worshippers
  4. Hariti
  5. Bust of Buddha
  6. Worshipper or Indra
  7. The Trimurti with a Small Seated Buddha
  8. Cowherd Listening to the Sermon
  9. Head of Mahakasyapa
  10. Group of Swimmers
  11. Goddess and Celestial Musicians
  12. buddha and Praying Monk
  13. Worshipping Bodhisattva
  14. Buddha under a Canopy
  15. An Uighurian Prince
  16. Bodhisattva

     

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