Contents: Preface. 1. Historical background. 2. Religious theories in India before Buddhism. 3. Introduction to Indian Buddhism. 4. Aspects of Buddhism in Indian history. 5. Indian society and thought before and at the time of Buddha. 6. The life of the Buddha. 7. Early Buddhist history. 8. Early Buddhism: basic doctrines. 9. Sangha oder and canon. 10. Theravada. 11. Early scriptures and canons. 12. King Ashoka and Buddhism. 13. Nikaya Buddhism. 14. Abhidharma literature. 15. Buddhist cosmology and the theory of Karma. 16. Early Mahayana Buddhism. 17. Decline of Buddhism in India. Bibliography.
The book the summation of a lifetime of research on Indian Buddhism is an exceptionally comprehensive discussion of Indian Buddhism. A History of Indian Buddhism the summation of a lifetime of research on Indian Buddhism is an exceptionally comprehensive discussion of Indian Buddhism, with detailed chapters on its history and doctrine. The work contains a vivid vigorous and fully detailed description of early Buddhism and its teachings the material organization of the community the formation and further developments of Buddhist writings the conciliar traditions the evolution of Buddhist sculpture and architecture.