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Buddhist Education in Early Medieval India

Kameshwar Prasad (Author)

In early medieval India the Buddhist (monastic) system of education was well developed. It was somewhat different from the Vedic and Brahamanical system of education, though some similarities can be noticed between them. The Viharas and Mahaviharas became centers of Buddhist education. Most of these Buddhist educational institutions were located in the then Bihar and Bengal. The most important of these Mahaviharas were Nalanda, Odantapuri and Vikramshila. They developed their own system of education. The Chinese and the Tibetan sources enlighten us on the monastic complex, rules of admission, subjects of study, life of students and high discipline maintained by monks and students. Seals, sealings and inscriptions discovered from the sites of the Mahaviharas throw light on the management as well as patronage granted to these Buddhist educational centers. The Mahaviharas became centers of Mahayana Buddhism and Tantricism. Students and scholars came there in large numbers not only from different parts of India but Ceylon, Nepal, Tibet, China and other countries according them reputation of international educational centers of Buddhist studies. The Mahavaviharas flourished between C. 8th-12th centuries CE. Due to Turkish raids and other political, social, economic and religious factors these Mahavaviharas went out of the pages of history. On the whole, the present book gives a detailed and analytical account of the Buddhist system of education and is a valuable addition to the existing literature on the subject.

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About the author

Kameshwar Prasad

Dr. Kameshwar Prasad is at present serving as principal in the Smt. M.C. Desai Arts and commerce college, Prantji (Gujarat). Formerly he was a senior lecturer in the Department of English in the H.P. Arts and Commerce College, Talod (Gujarat). His Ph.D. is on R.P. Jhabvala. He is also the author of the "Essentials of English Grammar". He has written many literary and critical articles on the various topics. he writes poems both in Hindi and English. His poems and articles have been published in various magazines and the journals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Buddhist Education in Early Medieval India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.07.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Kaveri Books
Language: English
isbn 938646313X, 9789386463135
length 192p., Plates, Bib, Index; 24cm.