Contents: Foreword/G.C. Pande. Preface/V.S. Pathak. Introduction/Lallanji Gopal. A : I. Background and origins: 1. Pre-Vedic and Vedic background. 2. Pre-Buddha roots of Buddhistic ideas. 3. Society and thought-ferment which produced the Buddha. II. The Triratna: 4. The Buddha : formative influences. 5. Life of Gotama the Buddha. 6. The Dhamma. 7. The Sangha. Appendix : Buddhist Sramanas in Megasthenes and other Greek writers. B : I. Indian Buddhism after the Mahaparinirvana upto the sack of Nalanda: 1. The four Buddhist councils. 2. Early Buddhist sects. 3. Expansion of Buddhism. 4. Causes of the success of Buddhism. 5. Mahayana Buddhism. 6. Tantrika Buddhism. II. Buddhism and Indian culture: 7. Place of Buddhism in Indian history and culture. 8. Social philosophy of Buddhism. 9. Buddhist political thought. 10. Buddhist historiography and philosophy of history. 11. Buddhist system of education. 12. Buddhist literature and art. III. Decline, disappearance and revival: 13. Decline and disappearance. 14. Revival of Buddhism in modern India. 15. Ambedkar and contemporary Indian Buddhism. IV. Appendices: 1. Asoka’s interest in Buddhism before his accession. 2. Pushyamitra Sunga and the persecution of Buddhism. 3. Menander as a Buddhist King. 4. Kanishka and Buddhism. 5. The two Vasubandhus and the imperial Guptas. 6. Was Harsha personally a Buddhist? 7. Sasanka and Buddhism. 8. Buddhism under the Pala dynasty. 9. Buddhist symbols and Buddha image on ancient Indian coins. 10. Buddhism in early South Indian history. Bibliography. Index.
"Though several monographs are available on the history of Buddhism in India, but none of them seeks, as the present work of Professor S.R. Goyal does, to study the history of this religion against the background of India’s cultural evolution and delineate its impact on and contribution to various facets of Indian culture—philosophy, literature, religions, art, education, historiography, philosophy of history, political thought, social philosophy, etc. Further, most of the works dealing with the history of Indian Buddhism stop with the disappearance of this religion after the establishment of the Turkish rule in c. 1200 A.D., while the present monograph studies the fortunes of this religion in India upto modern times. On every problem it analyses the data from authentic sources, seeks to incorporate the results of latest researches and often advances new suggestions for the consideration of scholars. Its first edition was, therefore, received enthusiastically by scholars and students of Indian Buddhism as a comprehensive work on the subject with a new approach from an authoritative pen.
In the opinion of competent scholars the monograph is well organized and shows a lifetime of careful research. This is the work of a mature scholar, who makes available to the non-specialists a competent discussion of complex and diverse material which the specialists have also found of great interest. We, therefore, hope that present second revised and enlarged edition will be received with even greater enthusiasm by the scholarly world." (jacket)