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Item Code: IDE339
Author: Trans. From Tibetan By: Lama Chimpa & Alaka Chattopadhyaya
Edited by: Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9788120806962
Pages: 523
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
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Born in A. D. 1575, Lama Taranatha wrote this book in 1608. V. Vasil'ev of St. Petersburg translated it from Tibetan into Russian in April 1869 followed by the German translation of the text by Schiefner also published from St. Petersburg in October of the same year. In view of the profound importance of the work for understanding Indian history in general and of the history of Buddhism in particular, modern scholars have extensively using specially Schiefner's German translation of the History for decades and this for varied purposes. Dr. Niharranjan Ray, as Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, assigned to Dr. Alaka Chattopadhyaya the work of directly translating it into English from its Tibetan original. In carrying out the assignment, she naturally sought collaboration of her own Tibetan teacher, Lama Chimpa. After the English rendering was prepared, Professor Niharranjan Ray wanted it to be edited by Professor Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya. Thus edited, the present English translation was published by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla in 1970. The present edition of the work has the additional attraction of carrying a Foreword to it by no less an eminent Tibetologist than Professor S. Rinpoche, Director of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Samath, Varanasi.

About The Author:

Prof. Lama Chimpa, Head of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Visvabharati University, Santiniketan, is acknowledged as one of the foremost Tibetologists in India.

Dr. Mrs. Alaka Chatopadhyaya obtained her doctorate degree of the Calcutta University with her highly acclaimed work based on Tibetan sources published with the title Atisa and Tibet. By profession she was until recently the principal of the Vidyasagar College of Women, Calcutta. Her other published works include the translation (in Bengali) of the Caturasitisiddha-pravrtti - life of the 84 Siddhacaryas available hithertobefore only in its Tibetan version, besides many other Tibetan studies. She has extensively toured abroad, delivering lectures in USSR, China, Oxford, Cambridge, Budapast and other places.

Debiprasad Chatopadhyaya (the editor) is M. A., D. Litt. of the Calcutta University, Honorary D. Sc. of the Moscow Academy of Science, Member of the German Academy of Science. Besides working as Visiting Professor at various universities, he is the author of a considerable number of works on Indian Philosophy and Science inclusive of many that are published abroad in Russian, Chinese, Japanese, German and other language. He has been elected National Fellow of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, though also working in an honorary capacity as a Guest Scientist of National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (a constituent establishment of CSIR).

CONTENTS

Foreword xi
Prefacexxiii
Acknowledgementxxxi
On Typography and abbreviations, etc
TARANATHA'S HISTORY OF BUDDHISM IN INDIA
Introductory5
Benedictory Verse5
Aim of the Work5
Table of Contents6
The Sources19
Ch. 1.
Account of the Period of King Ajatasatru20
Ch. 2.
Account of the Period of King Subahu26
Ch. 3.
Account of the Period of King Sudhanu29
Ch. 4.
Account of the Period of Arya Upagupta34
Ch. 5.
Account of the Period of Arya Dhitika45
Ch. 6.
Account of the Period of King Asoka50
Ch. 7.
Account of the Incidents During the Period of King Asoka68
Ch. 8.
Account of the Period of King Vigatasoka76
Ch. 9.
Account of the Period of Kasyapa, the Second79
Ch. 10.
Account of the Period of Aryan Mahaloma and Others82
Ch. 11.
Account of the Period of King Mahapadma85
Ch. 12.
Account of the Period of Third Council91
Ch. 13.
Account of the Period of the Beginning of the Extensive Propagation of the Mahayana96
Ch. 14.
Account of the Period of Brahmana Rahula102
Ch. 15.
Account of the Period of the Doctrine Under the Leadership of Arya Nagarjuna106
Ch. 16
Account of the Period of the First Hostility to the Law and of its Retoration120
Ch. 17.
Account of the Period of Acarya Aryadeva and Others123
Ch. 18.
Account of the Period of Acarya Matrceta and Others130
Ch. 19.
Account of the Period of the Renewed Hostility to the Doctrine and of its Restoration137
Ch. 20.
Account of the Period of the Third Hostility to the Doctrine and of its Restoration140
Ch. 21.
Account of the Period of the Final Activities of King Buddhapaksa and of the period of King Karmacandra144
Ch. 22.
Account of the Period of 'Brothers Arya Asanga' [Asanga and Vasubandhu]149
Ch. 23.
Account of the Period of Acarya Dignaga and Others176
Ch. 24.
Account of the Period of King Sil196
Ch. 25.
Account of the Period of the Kings Cala, Pancamasimha and Other210
Ch. 26.
Account of the Period of Sri Dharmakirti224
Ch. 27.
Account of the Period of King Govicandra and Others249
Ch. 28.
Account of the Period of King Gopala257
Ch. 29.
Account of the Period of King Devapala and His Son265
Ch. 30.
Account of the Period of King Sri Dharmapala274
Ch. 31.
Account of the Period of King Masuraksita, king Vanapala and the Great King Mahipala284
Ch. 32.
Account of the Period of King Mahapala and Samupala289
Ch. 33.
Account of the Period of Canaka294
Ch. 34.
Account of the Period of King Bheyapala and Neyapala304
Ch. 35.
Account of the Period of Amrapala, Hastipala and Ksantipala310
Ch. 36.
Account of the Period of King Ramapala313
Ch. 37.
Account of the Period of the Four Sena Kings and Others316
TARANATHA'S SUPPLEMENT TO THE HISTORY OF BUDDHISM IN INDIA
Ch. 38.
Account of the Succession of Teacher at Vikramasila325
Ch. 39.
Account of the Spread of the Doctrine in Ko-Ki in the East330
Ch. 40
Account of the Introduction of the Law into the Smaller Islands and of its Revival in the South 332
Ch. 41.
Account of the Spread of the Doctrine in the south as related in The Galand of Flowers334
Ch. 42.
Some Discussion on the Four Sects334
Ch. 43.
A Brief Discourse on the Origin of the Mantrayana343
Ch. 44.
The History of Image-makers347
On the Sources etc350
Epilogue351
Colophon352
Colophon of the Potala edition352

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