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Buddhist Studies


TITLE: Buddhist Studies

AUTHOR(S): Richard Gombrich, Cristina Scherrer Schaub

PRICE: UK£31.99, US$52.95

PUBLISHER: Motilal Banarsidass Pubs. Pvt. Ltd.

ISBN-13: 978-81-208-3248-0

EDITION: Hardback

YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2008

NO. OF PAGES: 264

RIGHTS: World

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

The impressive growth of Buddhist Studies in recent years is the result of several factors. Important collections of manuscripts have been found, and monuments  unearthed, in nearly all parts of Asia where Buddhism existed; political and social events bringing East and West together have increased interest in both scholarly research and Buddhist religious practices.

The spread of Buddhism outside its birthplace, Madhyadesa, first in India and soon throughout Asia, prompted its followers constantly to invent new discursive strategies and to adjust the rules to local customs and administrations. The essays presented here illustrate how and why Buddhist literature adapted to a new and specific context, particularly in North-west India. They also discuss hermeneutical and exegetical practices of Indian Buddhism, the complex interrelation between the Brahmanical and the Buddhist milieu, as well as the role of the social and political context in determining the rules of the monastic code (vinaya).

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard Gombrich is Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, From 1976-2004 he was Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University and a Professional Fellow of Balliol College. He has published extensively on early Buddhism and on the history and social study of Theravada Buddhism, particularly in Sri Lanka.

Cristina Scherrer-Schaus in Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Lausanne and of the History of Indian Buddhism at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris. She has published on Indian Buddhist philosophy and on the history of intellectual and material culture related to the diffusion of Indian Buddhism to Central Asia and Tibet.