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India and China

Lokesh Chandra (Author) Satapitaka Series

It chronicles the researches of Prof. Raghu Vira, Prof. Lokesh Chandra and their colleagues on the cultural interactions between India and China for the last two thousand years. Philosophy, ritual, painting, sculptures, political concepts etc that evolved in China from the Buddhist world view have been detailed. The expediton of Prof. Raghu Vira to China in 1955 at the invitation of Premier Chou Enlai has been described at length for the first time. Sanskrit inscriptions in China, the bone-relics of the Buddha from the Famen monastery and the extraordinary charm of new Buddhist icons in Taiwan form the fourth chapter. National values in the storm of modernity (ch.6) overcome the cultural nihilism of the Maoist period. The Pinyin romanisation replaced the barbarian (=European) systems. Sanskrit music in the album Alive sold two million copies. The text chapter on culture is power reveals China's brilliant strategy of harmonisation of modernity and national identity. The conservation of two million treasures in the Imperial Palace at Beijing are a part of rebuild the nation, as China vows no western values in universities. Creation of modern Chinese expressions like mini-chun for miniskirt means charm you skirt, Buddhist art, sutras, historical works, the silence of roots and the stunning groundswell of todays run in this narrative of 500 pages, as the Five Hundred Lohans (Arhats) cast their benign gaze.

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About the author

Lokesh Chandra

Prof. Lokesh Chandra is a renowned scholar of Tibetan, Mongolian and Sino-Japanese Buddhism. He has to his credit over 400 works and text editions. Among them are classics like his Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary, Materials for a History of Tibetan Literature, Buddhist Iconography of Tibet, and the present Dictionary of Buddhist Art in about 20 volumes. Prof. Lokesh Chandra was nominated by the President of the Republic of India to the Parliament in 1974-80 and again in 1980-86. He has been a Vice-President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Presently he is Director, International Academy of Indian Culture.

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Title India and China
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.05.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Aditya Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8177421468, 9788177421460
length 469p., 143 B/W Illustrations; 37 Colour; Index; 29cm.