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Heritage of Buddhism

D C Ahir (Author)
Synopsis This book is first of its kind which presents a comprehensive study of the Heritage of Buddhism in India. Beginning with the Buddha, it presents biographical sketches of all the Buddhist kings, saints and scholars and missionary monks, who enriched Buddhism during its glorious epoch in India. It further presents a survived at the three Great Stupas: Amaravati, Bharhut and Sanchi, and in the Buddhist Caves in Maharashtra. The records of Fa-hian and Hiuen Tsang, the Chinese pilgrims, have also been analysed in order to assess the popularity of Buddhism in ancient India, the land of its birth, development and highest achievements, is such a perplexing problem that no two opinions agree. The author throws new light on the reasons that led to the decline and disappearance of Buddhism from India. According to him, the reasons were external rather than internal. After telling the bewildering story of triumph and tragedy of Buddhism in India, the author surveys the Buddhist literature in Pali and Sanskrit, and also traces Buddhism’s contribution to language and literature. The next chapter gives an insight into the glorious Buddhist art which survives today in situ at some sacred spots and in the Buddhist Caves in India. A survey of the major Archaeological Museums is also presented. This is followed by a comparative study of Buddhism and three other religions: Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, tracing minutely the impact of Buddhist thought and practices on these religions. Lastly, the author identifies the Buddhist symbols which have been adopted as National Symbols by modern India. The present status of Buddhism and Buddhists in modern India has also been high-lighted. Will all this information, based on the available authentic sources, the book could well serve as a standard reference work for scholars and other readers alike.
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About the author

D C Ahir

D.C. Ahir (born 1928, Punjab) is a reputed scholar of Buddhist studies, and has made notable contribution to the history of Buddhism during the last 42 years. He retired as Director to the Government of India in February 1986, and since then is fully engaged in enriching literature. He already has more than forty published works to his credit, besides numerous articles on Buddhism. In appreciation of his noble and notable contribution to the Buddhist Literature as a Distinguished Scholarand Author, the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Sarnath conferred on him on 30 November 2001 the Honorary Title of Buddha Sahitya Shiromani.

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Bibliographic information

Title Heritage of Buddhism
Author D C Ahir
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170185521
length x+319p., Tables; Plates; Notes; References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.