Contents: Vol. I. Message. Editorial. I. Suniti Kumar Pathak : a person: 1. Life sketch of Professor S.K. Pathak/Buddhadev Bhattacharya. 2. I saw him in the light of my own eyes/Jayanti De. 3. My teacher as I know him/Kalpika Mukherjee. 4. The spirituality, as I have visualised/Ranesh Chandra Poddar. II. Unitary Buddhism: 1. How does the practice of Vipassana help us in ending our suffering?/Angraj Chaudhary. 2. Functions of consciousness (Citta-kiccani) in Abhidharma philosophy/Bimalendra Kumar. 3. The system of meditation of the Paramadittha-dhamma nibbana-vadins/Biswadeb Mukherjee. 4. The Itivuttaka - its syllabic structure/Devaprasad Guha. 5. Preliminaries of the Vajravali/Dipak Bhattacharya. 6. Economic structure in the Buddhist Samgha/Pranabananda Jash. 7. Apropos of Dhatupathas in general and Maitreya's Dhatupradipa in particular/Karunasindhu Das. 8. Ten precious seeds in the heart to grow into healthy Bodhi trees/Lokesh Chanda. 9. Lalita-vistara: a model of dissemination of knowledge/Mangala R. Chinchore. 10. Atheistic and non-atheistic concept in Buddhism/Sadhan Sarkar. 11. Buddhist conception of a true Brahmin - a study/Saheli Das. 12. A brief note on the Buddha's teaching of 'anatta' or 'nairtatmya'/U.S. Vyas. 13. The Buddhist logic of Santana (series)/V.N. Jha. III. Schismatic Buddhism: 1. Status of Buddhist nuns (study from Theravada-Bhikkhuni-patimokkho)/Aiswarya Biswas. 2. Gzhi thams and cad yod par smra ba she'i dul ba (ZTYD) (Mulasarvastivada Vinaya MsV) Lineages in Tibet: a survey/Anandamayee Ghosh. 3. Religious change in Srilankan Buddhism/Avinash Kumar Srivastava. 4. Antagonism against the Buddhists in the Sanskrit literature/Bibekananda Banerjee. 5. Buddhist universities of the past as great seats of learning/Binayendra Nath Chaudhury. 6. (Article in Hindi). 7. The brief thought about Pudgala/Sangwhan Shin. 8. A study on the Prakrt inscriptions belonging to the first century B.C./Subhra Bhadra (Basu). 9. Sarvastivada : explained in the A-pi-ta-mo-shih-shen-tsu-lun (Abhidharma-vijnakakaya-pada-sastra/Swati Ganguly. 10. A brief history and doctrine of Kalacakra in India and Tibet/V.V.S. Saibaba. IV. Diverse traditions in Buddhism: 1. Nasal characteristics of the Tibetan language: a critical study/Arpita Chatterjee. 2. Ancient Buddhist centres in Bihar/Bela Bhattacharya. 3. The role of translation in the making of a linguist/Haraprasad Ray. 4. Some aspects of Mahayana Buddhist literature in Indonesia/J. Sitaramamma. 5. Pratyeka - Buddhabhumi/Jagadishwara Pandey. 6. (Article in Hindi). 7. Royal symbolism of the Prajnaparamita of Ta Prohm/Lokesh Chanda. 8. A focus on Tibetan dance and music of Indian Himalayas/Malavika Bandyopadhyaya. 9. Transmission of Indian logical and epistemological text into Tibetan (11 century)/Manotosh Mandal. 10. Prajna in Yoga and Buddhist philosophy/Mridula Roy. 11. Aryamanjusri-Mula-Kalpa on the imperial Guptas/Manabendu Banerjee. 12. Madhyamaka philosophy of two truths: a comparative study of it with Advaita Vedanta and some other philosophies/Niradbaran Mandal Kavyatarkatirtha. 13. Santaraksita's exposition on the validity of Buddhavacana/Piyali Palit. 14. (Article in Hindi). 15. The practice of Buddhism among the Bodh in Spiti/R.K. Bhattacharya and Kumkum Bhattacharya. 16. (Article in Hindi). 17. Contribution of foreign Buddhist monasteries in propagation of Buddhism in India/Rita Gupta. 18. Spread of Buddhism in Tibet and present status in India/Shyama Mondal. 19. Buddhist doctrine for the householder/Subhra Barua. 20. Is Buddhism one or many?/Vishwajit Kumar. 21. Depredation and Arson at Sarnath/U.N. Biswas.
Vol. II. V. Altruistic Buddhism: 1. The divine female : a Bengal - Tibetan comparison of the feminine principle/Andrea Loseries. 2. Sanskrit texts of the Siddhacaryas available in Tibetan sources/Bhakti De. 3. Chandidasa : a Sahajia poet/Buddhadeb Acharya. 4. Buddhist theory and practice means to the new challenges/Losang Norbu Shastri. 5. Concept of Adi-Buddha in Dharmakosa Sangrahah/Piyali Chakraborty. 6. Bell inscriptions of Btsan po Dynasty (dril bu'i byang)/Shedup Tenzin. 7. Bon: its encounter with Buddhism in Tibet/Sonam Pema Bodh. 8. Buddhist Goddesses of Bengal: synthesis or antithesis/Susmita Chatterjee. 9. Tibetan vows as matters/vows of Tibetan monks - Sdom-pa/Viktor Lovasz. 10. The Tibetan Buddhist culture in the epic Gesar/Wang Xingxion. VI. Contemporary Buddhism and Navayana (New - vehicle): 1. The Buddhism in Sikkim/Archana Roy. 2. Social philosophy of Buddhism and challenges of the twenty first century/Baidyanath Labh. 3. Buddhist Tantric studies : at Dawn of 21 century/Banarasi Lal. 4. Contemporary Bhoti Buddhists in Indian Himalayas (Eastern sector)/Bandana Mukherjee. 5. Buddhadeva in modern Bengali Literature/Bhabatosh Dutta. 6. Import of the humans : a comparative approach with Buddhism/Bidyut Baran Bandyopadhyay. 7. The essence of Buddhism/Bijan Bandhu Samajdar. 8. The character of the Ge Sar Sgrungs in the context of Indian Epic Literature/Buddhadev Bhattacharya. 9. Survival and development: the Buddhist perspective/Hemendu Bikash Chowdhury. 10. Impermanent law reflecting in the last instructional poem of man Giac - The great Vietnamese Master/Huynh Thi Thang. 11. Paritta in comparative light to the contemporary society/K. Sankarnarayan. 12. Khams Sprul's observation on Rupaka Alamkara/Kalpika Mukherjee. 13. Tibetan monasteries in era of Tibetan Diaspora/Karubaki Dutta. 14. Introduction of Buddhism in North and north-east/Manikuntala Halder De. 15. Against all odds, migrant Tibetans in the Darjeeling District carry on their legacy/Noreen Mukhopadhyaya. 16. Tibetan food offerings : an overview on gtor ma, t'sog, phye mar in contemporary world/Nupur Pathak. 17. (Article in Hindi). 18. A comparison of the two variants of the offering ritual text to a Mongolian protective deity, Dayan Degereki/Robert Jutro Torok. 19. Ecology as revealed in the Pali Literature/Saswati Mutsuddy. 20. An appraisal of the Dhammapada by Prabodh Chandra Sen/Sulagna Mukherjee. 21. (Article in Hindi). VII. Buddhism, science and world peace: 1. Journey towards sunyata from Quantum mechanics/Debajyoti Gangopadhyay. 2. Sahaja (the natural way leading to spontaneity)/Kulavadhuta Satpurananda. 3. Buddhism, humanism and Sristsila Manavbad : an intercultural expansion of global harmony and peace/Santi Nath Chattopadhyay. 4. Modern science and Tantra, Yantra and Mandala/Sisir Roy. VIII. Jainism : unitary and dynamic: 1. (Article in Hindi). 2. Spirituality in the highest weal; a Jaina perspective/Arun Kumar Mondal. 3. Society and economy as revealed in the image inscriptions (Buddhist, Jaina and Brahmanical) of Northern India from 3 century B.C. to 7 century A.D./Jagatpati Sarkar. 4. Ecological imbalance - a threat to life : remedial approach in Jainism/Kajal De. 5. On sva-samvedana/Madhumita Chattopadhyay. 6. Jainism: a dynamic realism/Mahendra Kumar Misra. 7. Scientific aspects of Karma theory/N.L. Jain. 8. On the arrangement of some Sutras of Trivikrama's Prakrit grammar/Satya Ranjan Banerjee. 9. Social aspect of Jainism/Suchitra Ray Acharyya. 10. Self and liberation - a Jaina understanding/Uma Chattopadhyay. 11. Jain Nyaya (doctrine of right judgment) : brief outline discussion/Veer Sagar Jain.
"A change creates some motion leading to a force. In social science, time and location and changing conditionality play an important role in the change from one point to another. Dimension is the different aspect or feature or yet again different perception of anything that might be a subject or object.
In social sciences this significant term is occasionally applied to a change or changes in the context of time and location. Human culture is pluralistic and changeable. Dimension is therefore appropriate in signifying change under the social cause and condition.
Sociology deals with several social forces. Religion, politics, economics, law and aesthetics are among the most important of the multiple social forces throughout the history of human culture.
Buddhism and Jainism belong to the shramana culture, which is believed to be indigenous in Bharatavarsa since the golden ancient period. In India, the dharma is not far from society or the society is not away from Dharma. An Indian Dharma is never divisible from the Indians, because an Indian society is branded with a particular Dharma. Here, religion is used in the modern socio anthropological standing where politics, economics, law and aesthetics may be its corollaries in Indian society. Dharma may be briefly defined as the self nature or character of life while religion is the meaning of life.
Resultantly World Buddhist and Jain Studies have a multi-pronged scope for exploring interesting chapters of the human socio-cultural growth. Multi-ethnicity and multi-lingual qualities make Buddhist and Jain Studies varied and diverse in the world in accordance with modernity and contemporary conditions of the human globe." (jacket)