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Encounter with Buddhism: A Study of the Evolution of Buddhist Thought

Moti Lal Pandit (Author)

The main purpose of writing this book is not only to explain, but also to interpret, the three phases of development of Buddhist thought in India, and how and in what manner it spread out to countries as far away from the land of its origin as Japan. Though the subject may be vast, a conscious effort has been made of explaining the complexity of Buddhist philosophical thought in as concise term as possible. The first five hundred years, which constitute the initial phase of development during this phase is at present known as Theravada, and is prevalent in countries that lie to the south of India. On account of this geographical location of Theravada countries, it is also known as the Southern Buddhism.

The second phase of Buddhism is characterised by the emergence of Mahayana. All those religious features were brought into Buddhism with the inception of Mahayana that are constitutive of folk religiosity. One of the important religious elements that crept into the Buddhist fold was the doctrine of Bodhisattva.

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About the author

Moti Lal Pandit

Moti Lal Pandit, trained as a theologian and linguist, has been engaged for last three decades in such dialogic research as would disseminate knowledge concerning the essence of such forms of spirituality as has been enunciated by such major religions as Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.  The result of this untiring effort has been the publication of such books as, for example, Vedioc Hinduism; Philosophy of the Upanisads; Samkara's Concept of Reality; Being as Becoming; Beyond the Word; Transcendence and Negation; Buddhism: A Religion of Salvation; The Trika Saivism of Kashmir; Encounter with Buddhism; and The Disclosure of Being.

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Bibliographic information

Title Encounter with Buddhism: A Study of the Evolution of Buddhist Thought
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2005
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121511593
length 298p., 8.7" X 5.5"