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New Light on Early Buddhism
By: Gokhale, B.G.

New Light on Early Buddhism <br> By: Gokhale, B.G.

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Author: Gokhale, B. G.

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Gautama, the Buddha, in his earthly career of some eighty-five years, initiated a movement that profoundly affected the intellectual, religious, and cultural history of India over a millennium. Though it disappeared from the land of its birth, it continues to be the conscience of large parts of Asia to the present day. Most of the works on Buddhism--and their number runs into the hundreds--largely treat it either as a system of philosophy or religion, or as the inscription behind countless works of art scattered across the Asian continent. The fourteen essays included in this volume explore some hitherto neglected dimensions of the Buddhist revolution in the realms of social, economic and political thought. The essays cover topics ranging from ideas on society, economy, and political organization to 'sthetics and religious mores. The last essay describes the state of Buddhism in its final phases during the Gupta age. The work is based on materials from the Buddhist Canonical and post-Canonical literature and is a distinct contribution toward a new understanding of the place of some specifically Buddhist ideas in the cultural history of India.

New Light on Early Buddhism, B. G. Gokhale, Bombay Popular Prakashan, 208 pages, $15.00

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