Contribution of Buddhism to The World Culture (2 Volumes with CD) (Papers presented at the International Conference on Contribution of Buddhism to the World Culture)

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Item Code: IDI059
Author: Kalpakam Sankarnarayan & Ravindra Panth & Ichijo Ogawa
Publisher: Somaiya Publications Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8170392632
Pages: 1006
Cover: Hardcover
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We felt the need for reassessing the contribution of Buddhism to the world culture so as to preserve the ancient scriptures, archaeological sites, monuments, philosophical ideas and ideals expressed through language and literature, art and architecture etc. which have enjoyed the world attention. Keeping this in mind, the title of the conference "Contribution of Buddhism to the World Culture" was held for the academic deliberation jointly by K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies, Mumbai, Nav Nalanda Mahavihara, Patna, India and Otani University, Kyoto, Japan in March 11th -14th at Vidyavihar Campus, Mumbai.

All civilizations whether primitive, ancient, medieval or modern have in the course of their development-produced cultures. In the name of Culture they have created art and architecture, language and literature, music, fine arts, social customs, codes of ethics and behaviour, laws, philosophy, and religion. It is by examining a civilization's culture, and its contributions to the world were analyzed and appreciated its achievements by scholars Who brought different periods of philosophy, language, and literature, the art and architecture from around the world more visible by their academic presentation. The scholars from different parts of the world showed that every civilization's religion too, in the course of its history contributes something to the world in general and in particular in terms of faith, practice, art and architecture, religious beliefs, ideas and ideals which are expressed in scriptectures and sometimes given visual expression and sometimes from the subject matter of different sects of the school or thought as well as key to the visual from of art and architecture. In a sense art and architecture provide mirrors to reflect a civilization's religion. In this respect Buddhism is no exception.

To contribute means to give. What Buddhism has given to the world is not profound analysis of, and a practical solution for the problem of human suffering but also a monumental and rich legacy to the world . Much of this legacy is in giving importance to different scriptures as taught by Buddha at different times as per the need of the people, which are visible even today not only in its homeland of India and in much of the south eastern and eastern world, but to the whole including the European and other Western countries.

Right from early history, we know that spread of Buddhism outside India was of a great welcome. Dissemination of Buddhism from the land of its birth, was not at the cost of blood shed on war path but with its encompassing philosophy of universal love, non- violence and compassion. At the time of its dissemination Buddhism had assimilated the native faith and practice from the where Buddhism had reached. Today the majority of the human race in the world has embraced Buddhism which stands test worthy to its contribution to the world culture.

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Still there is Just for power, desire to dominate are barely restrained by fear the fear of man's own vastly improved instruments of destruction. Fear, however is not a very reliable brake on man's impulses, and it constantly poisons the atmosphere by creating a feeling of frustration which again will fan the fires of hate. The wrath of nature experienced in resent times leaves us bewildered and helpless. The phenomena is not new. The magnitude has increased. From where to receive the remedy? How is it to be obtained? One can not help and wonder at the foresight and wisdom of the Buddha that inspired the world more than 2500 years ago, which are so relevant in today's time.

Ethics and values play the vital role in the present situation of globalization. The concern is an outcome of growing violence, fissiparous tendencies, ethnic, linguistic and religious conflicts throughout the world. A sense of mutual distrust and fear of the other is visible everywhere. Never before, these apprehensions existed in such awesome proportions.

Man still bungle only with the symptoms of their malady, remaining blind to the source of the illness, which is no other than, three strong Roots of Everything Evil (akuuala mula) pointed out by the Buddha-Greed (lobha), hatred (dveua) and delusion (moha). Buddha offer a great variety of methods of mental training and subjects of meditation suited to the various individual needs, temperaments and capacities. Yet all these method ultimately converge in the "Way of Mindfulness" called by the master himself "the only Way". This book will focus on the Buddha's prescription of "Meditation" which is the foundation for the Ethical Values to strengthen one's Culture.

C. S. RadhakrishnanChirapat Prapandvidya
Editors' Notexv
Key to Transliterationxvi
Inaugural Addressxxi
Opening Addressxxix
Key Note Addressxxxi
Presidential Addressxlv
Valedictory Addressxlix
Early/Theravada/Pali Buddhism
1Economic Ethics in Buddhism: Inplications for World Culture 3
J. K. Sharma
2Buddhism- A Forensic-Criminological Approach13
U.N. Biswas
3Contribution of The Jatakas to World Culture41
Supriya Roy
4Social upliftment as depicted in Dhammapada Atthakatha52
Vimal Shanker Sontakke
5The Buddha's Personality and Buddhist Culture61
N. G. Kulkarni
6The Buddhist Path of Purification- Its Socio-Spiritual Significance67
Kokila H. Shah
7Concept of Non- Violence and Compassion in Buddhism and Jainism73
Bhagchandra Jain
8Ethicization of the Concept of Beauty - A great Contribution by the Buddha 82
Angraj Chaudhaty
9A Comparative Study of Bhavanga- Citta and Alaya- Vijnana in Abhidharma Tradition90
Bimalendra Kumar
10Buddha's Method of Teaching as Referred in Pitaka Literature97
Hari Shankar Shukla
11Astangika- Marga: Some Points for Consideration108
Manbalai R. Chincore
12The Apotheosis of the Buddha in Early Buddhist Scriptures123
Odani Nobuchiyo
13Deep Ecological Thinking in Buddhism128
Harsha Mehta
14In Search of A Buddhist Economics138
Vijay Kumar Thakur
15Unique Contribution of Buddhism to The World Culture151
Bhau Lokhande
16Buddhist Developments in East ad West since 1950157
C.D. Naik
17A Peaceful Revolution- The Significance of Dr. Ambedkar's Conversion to Buddhism196
Dhammachari Lokamitra
Tibetan/ Nepalese Buddhism
18Esoteric Buddhism in World Culture209
S. K. Pathak
19Humanism in Buddhism through the Ages 222
Kalpika Mukherjee
20Tibetan Buddhism Aims at World Peace Through spiritual and Marerial Awareness230
Buddhadev Bhattacharya
21Cultural Contribution of Buddhism through the Political Evolvement of Tibet236
Arpita Chatterjee
22Concept of Dharma in the Bhadrakalpavadana-A Boon to World Peace249
Soma Basu
Mahayana Buddhism
23Contribution of Buddhist Ethics and State Craft to World Culture259
V.V. S. Saibaba
24Contribution of Buddhism to the World culture269
J. Sitaramamma
25The Influence of Buddhism on Dharmasasta Cult of Kerala275
P. C. Muraleemadhavan
26Suhrllekha- The Buddhist Centre of Friendly Epistle280
27Buddhist Disciplinary Conduct Integrates World Culture289
Anandamayee Ghosh
Buddhist Literature (History)
28Relevance of Buddhism in Tirukkural303
V. Balambal
29Buddhist Influence on the Cultural History of Mongolia322
Andrea Loseries
30International Conference on Contribution of Buddhism to World Culture333
G. V. Strelkova
31Buddhist Literature in Mongolia355
Enkhbayar Byambanorov
Buddhist Art and Architecture
1Statuettes in Buddhist Pantheon (A Study in Indonesian Iconography) 3
Edi Sedyawati
2Influence of Nalanda Art on Tibet15
Dipankar Lama
3Dharma-carka to Kala-carka19
R. Nagaswamy
4Trace of Buddhism in North Konkan ports of Sopara, Kalyan and Mahad36
Neeta Mahendra Khandpekar
5The Role of Pali in the Inscriptions52
Meena Tamil
6Buddhist Aniconism and Wide-spread, of Buddha-Images61
M. G.Dhadhpale
7Buddhist Architecture of Bengal(Up to c. 1250 A.D.)68
Enamul Haque
8Stylistic Comparisons of Selected Buddhist Wall Painting from Bamiyan and Ajanta Paintings81
Meenal Kapadia
South- East Asian Buddhism
9Past smiles in the Present : A case study of Brahmana-s in Thailand93
Amarjiva Lochan
10The Recovery of Apocryphal Jataka-s Transmitted in Thailand (With reference to the manuscript of Mahapaduma-jataka kept106
Shingyo Yoshimoto
11Buddhist Relics and Relic Shrines123
Nandana Chutiwong
12Paritta or Print as a healing Power153
Ven. Maduruoye Dhamissara
13Religious Beliefs in the Dvaravati Kingdom of Central Thailand163
Phasook Indrawooth
14The Socio- Cultural Uplift of Humanity Via The Religious Instructions and Guidance of Early Buddhism179
Ven. Dhammavihari
15Buddhism in the Eastern and Northeastern Parts of Thailand From 7th to 13th Centuries Based on Inscriptions and Archaeological Evidence189
16Danasala or Alms Halls203
Roland Silva
17Brahmanic-Buddhist Interaction in Thailand228
Satya Vrat Shastri
East Asian Buddhism
18Conceptual Transposition: Adiscourse on Radicalization of Buddhism in China235
Priyadarshi Mukherji
19Wei shi lun zong (Vijnaptimatra Sastra School):Its Rise and Development247
Lalji Sharavak
20Canonical and Pictorical Sources of the De Infernis Libelli261
Ineke Van Put
21The Spread of Gandharan Buddhist Yoga Manuals to China 272
Charles Wellemen
22Roushen pusa and Corpus integrum-Whole-body relics in Buddhism and C hristianity275
Marcus Bingenheimer
23Secularization as a Historical Process of Ignorance300
Noritoshi Aramaki
24Rationales for the Lax Adherence to the precepts: Some Tendai Interpretations of the Precepts Based on the Lotus Sutra310
Paul Groner
Nilesh Dalal
26The Duliang tiandi pin or "Chapter on the Measure of Heaven and Earth": An Apocryphal Chapter of the Lotus Sutra in Medieval China336
Daniel B. Stevenson
Research Fellow Sessions
27The Influence of Chinese Thought on Buddhist Meditation Techniques391
Supriya Rai
28Economic Importance and Identification of Plants Associated with the Buddha's life404
H. D. Khobragade / Meena V. Talim
29Tibetan Medicine in the Context of Buddhist Philosophy422
Richard J. Bettini
30A Study of Dvarapala Images In Ajanta Caves Focusing Primarily on the Dvarapala Yaksa Images in the Façade of Cave19 428
Kaoru Nagata
31Narrative Representation of Visvantara Jataka at Ajanta Cave 17447
Yasuko Fukuyama
32The World's Oldest Printed Texts: A Contribution of Buddhism Through a Woman466
Shobha Rani Dash
33History of Tibetan Buddhism- Tibetan Buddhism a living experience477
Meenakshi Rajan
34Sama and Santa in Aesthetic and Spiritual Experiences494
35Buddhism Rock-Cut Architecture in the Sahyadri501
Yojana Bhagat / Meena Talim
36Bodhisattva- Karuna Incarnate521
Manali Londhe
37Dr. Ambedkar's approach to Buddhism535
Sunil Kamble
38An Evidence for Mahayana from Kanheri553
Suraj A. Pandit
39Implications of Analogies in the Teaching of Buddha576
Radha Kumar
40Symbolism of Five Elements in Vedic Tradition and Esoteric Buddhism 590
Mrunal Bhatt
41The Influence of Vajrayana Buddhism on the Natha Cult593
Anita Rane- Kothare
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