A Handbook of Buddhism: Art, Architecture, Literature and Philosophy

Suraj Vashishth, Cyber Tech Pub, 2009, viii, 256 p, ISBN : 8178844350, $39.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Preface. 1. Buddhist architecture. 2. Buddhist art and architecture. 3. Indian Buddhist architecture. 4. Buddhistic ethics and social criticism. 5. Buddhist philosophy. 6. Buddhist philosophy of Korea. 7. Significance of Buddhist philosophy. 8. Buddhism in China. 9. Influence of Buddha and Buddhism in Bengali Literature. Bibliography. Index.

"Buddhism is one of the important religions of world. Albeit Lord Buddha was not born in Andhra Desa, but the contribution of Andhra Desa to Buddhism is not small. Famous Buddhist Stupas and Viharas as seen at Amaravati, Nagarjunakonda, Bhattiprolu, Guntupalli, Chandavarm are only a few to name in Andhra Desa. With the passing time, new discoveries on Buddhism are pouring in from different corners. Recent discoveries of Totlakonda, Bavikonda, Pavaralakonda etc. from Andhra Pradesh throw welcome light on the subject. This publication contains the papers presented at the seminar, "Contribution of Andhra Desa to Buddhism" organized by Birla Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute, Hyderabad a few years ago. The purpose of the seminar is to bring to light the new discoveries and throw further light on the already existing information on Buddhism from Andhra Desa in particular and India in general will always be either finding out something new or updating the existing information with the new discoveries. This publication contains papers submitted by both seasoned and budding scholars covering almost all the aspects of Buddhism like art, architecture, philosophy, survey reports, excavation findings etc. As mentioned above, there are papers altogether with new discoveries and papers highlighting new points on the already existing information." (jacket)

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