Buddhism In India And Abroad: An Integrating Influence In Vedic and Post-Vedic Perspective

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Item Code: IDF407
Author: Edited By: Kalpakam Sankarnarayan, Motohiro Yoritomi & Shubhada A. Joshi
Publisher: Somaiya Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 1996
ISBN: 8170392136
Pages: 387 (Color Illus: 6, B & W Illus: 63)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 10.0" X 7.5"
Weight 1.50 kg
Book Description
From the Jacket:

This includes thirty-five papers presented by eminent scholars at the Seminar. The reason for organizing this Seminar on Buddhism emanates, perhaps, from the ambitious quest for an integrated culture or mankind in transnational and comparative perspective, utilizing the inputs made by the various disciplines concerned.

This volume provides thus an international and interdisciplinary group with the backgrounds as Philosophy, Religion, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Art history, Archaeology, Language and Literature for the first time together round a table, to exchange ideas and in that process gave a visibility of Buddhist Studies as an independent discipline in its own right.

What has really been missed in the case of Buddhism is the recognition that it is not just a form of faith or system of religion to be treated through its doctrines and philosophies, the sects and schools, its relation with the other schools of thought, be it in India or China or Japan or Thailand, but it is most intimately linked to the life of the people and their culture as a whole. It is these cultural and civilizational aspects of the people and their culture as a whole. It is these cultural and civilizational aspects of behavior of humanity as a whole and societies through time, and over space, which are significant and have an universal message that has been brought through this book-Buddhism in India and Abroad: An Integrating Influence in Vedic and Post Vedic Perspective along with rare photographs of Buddhist caves etc.

About the Author:

Dr. Kalpakam Sankarnarayan, Director, K. J. Somaiya Centre of Buddhist Studies, Vidyavihar, Mumbai, India, has authored Rasakalika of Rudrabhatta-A Critical Study and Exposition with English Translation. Her forthcoming books-Traditional Cultural Link between India and Japan (During 8th and 9th Centuries A.D.) in collaboration with Dr. Motohiro Yoritomi and Dr. Ichijo Ogawa, (Otani University, Kyoto, Japan), and Japanese Esoteric (Kukai's Shingon) Buddhism with Indian Perspective in collaboration with Dr. Motohiro Yoritomi, (Chairman, Shuchin University, Kyoto, Japan).

Dr. Prof. Motohiro Yoritomi, Head of the Department of Buddhism and Chairman of Shuchin University, Kyoto, Japan, is the author of Historical Development of Pancatathagatas and Kukai's Shingon Buddhism in Japanese and the editor of Iconographic Dictionary of Tantric Buddhism in India and Japan. His forthcoming Book-Japanese Esoteric (Kukai's Shingon) Buddhism with Indian Perspective in collaboration with Dr. Kalpakam Sankarnarayan.

Dr. Shubhada A. Joshi, Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy, University of Bombay, is the author of the book Lokayata-A Critical Study and co-editor of the book Sri Aurobindo and Vedic Interpretations. Presently she has been working in the area of Yoga for Better Living.

Contributors xi
Preface xiii
1. Introduction-Buddhism Outside the Indian Subcontinent: Early State of Desseminatoin B. N. Mukherjee 1

Part I: Religion and Philosophy


Concept of Purification of Mind in Early Buddhism Mahesh Tiwary 13
3. The Buddha's Approach to Metaphysics N. G. Kulkarni 23
4. Inherent Characteristics of Noble Truths O. P. Pathak 31
5. Pali Tipitaka: Some Random Thoughts Shyamdeo Dwivedi 40
6. Vipassana: The Buddha's Unique Contribution to the Human Civilization Ravindra Panth 48
7. Buddhism: Where Philosophy and Religion Converge Angraj Chaudhary 54
8. Silence of Buddha: A Study into Philosophical and Sociological Aspects N. H. Samtani 63
9. Metta in Pali Buddhism N. Kashiwahara 79
10. Vedic Antecedents of the Buddhist Paradigm V.V. Gangal 90
11. The Atmavada of Advaita Vedanta and the anatmavada of the Buddha S. H. Dixit 102
12. Buddhist Mysticism: A Comparative Study Shubhada A. Joshi 104
13. Interpretation of the Word Kusala in Vedic and Buddhist Tradition Kala Acharya 114
14. The Buddhist Approach to Ayurveda P. C. Muralimandhavan 127
Part II: Buddhist Logic
15. Dinnaga and Bhartrhari K. Kunjunni Rajah 143
16. Dharmakilrti's Concept of Pramana V. N. Jha 146
Part III: Buddhism as Found in Sanskrit and Tamil Literature
17. Buddhist Tenets in Secular Sanskrit Literature C. S. Radhakrishnan 157
18. Mahayana Buddhism in Manimekalai S. N. Kandaswamy 166
Part IV: Mahayana Buddhism
19. Essentialism, Eternalism and Buddhism Pradeep P. Gokhale 199
20. Patanjali Yoga and Zen Surekha Limaye 211
21. Non-Dualism in Zen Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta N. S. Siddharthan 218
22. The Atharvaveda and the Indian Tantra in Tibetan S. K. Pathak 225
23. Concept of Inner Homa in Japanese Shingon Buddhism Kalpakam Sankarnarayan & Motohiro Yoritomi 235
Part V: History of Buddhism
24. History of the Kalacakra Tantra in Post-Vedic Perspectives S. S. Bahulkar 249
25. Santideva in the History of Madhyamika Philosophy Akira Saito 257
26. Asoka's Contribution to Universal Peace: An Introspection C. Panduranga Bhatta 264
27. Buddhism and the Promotion of Composite Culture during the Chola Period V. Balambal 271
28. Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture: A Model Evolved from Mauryan Culture M. Rohanadheera 282
Part VI: Buddhist Art
29. The Breath of Devotion Benoy K. Behl 295
30. Some Evidences of Indian Influence on Japanese Ancient Arts Yamagishi Koki 296
31. From Spirituality to Power: A Millennium of Buddhist Monastic Architecture as a Mirror of Social History S. Nagaraju 301
32. The Dharmacakrapravartana-Mudra D. C. Bhattacharyya 315
Part VII: Buddhism Outside India
33. Buddhism and the Thai Youth Phraraja VisuddhiMedhi & Somboon Satalalai 339
34. South Asian Buddhism in Minnesota Indira Y. Junghare, Stuart R. Sarbacker & Craig s. Hollander 348
Part VIII: Status of Women in Early Buddhism
35. Female Reformers of the Buddhist Period (600 to 100 B. C.) Menna V. Talim 361
Index 369
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