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Buddhists of Kasmir
By: Jean Naudou

Buddhists of Kasmir, Jean Naudou


 
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Author: Jean Naudou
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Publication Date: 1980

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It is Louis Renou who drew the attention of the author on the particular situation of Kashmir in the context of the Indian culture.

Kasmir indeed acts as an extraordinary mediator between two worlds, India and Tibet. Protected by its geographical position, the country constituted a particularly prestigious cultural centre in Norther India at the epoch where this very norther region was the pray of profound troubles and was progressively gained by Islam.

The Buddhism that the Kasmiris conveyed to their homeland and to Tibet originated from the monastic universities of North-Eastern India. Too often still, it is depreciated as "late Buddhism", qualification which betrays more ignorance and misunderstanding than an objective approach of the subject. However, this last phase of Buddhism in the Indian soil was fruitfully inheritated by the Kasmiris and Tibetans. A careful analysis brings to light that this Buddhism was not, at the time, deprived from its scholastic, speculative as well as mystic activities; it also shows that the Kasmiri Buddhists have not been strangers to this internal development of the though on its way to Tibetan Buddhism.

Buddhists of Kasmir, Jean Naudou, Agamm Kala Prakashan, Hardcover, 334 pages, $15.00

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