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Origin and Development of Buddhism in India: Panorama of Buddhist Thought and Culture: 1

Price : $39.75
ISBN # : 9788188629473
Author : Geeta Dua & P. Mittal
pages: 376
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Low Price Publications
Published : 2008

During the time of Buddha?s advent the Indian society was in turmoil. Though India had attained great heights in the field of intellectual and scientific speculations, there was a wide variety of views prevalent which quite often conflicted with each other. In spite of development of subtle and sophisticated logic, high meditational practices and noble ethical ideas and ideals, the society was split-up in different sects and sub-sects. The Buddhist and Jain literature of that period presents a vivid and detailed account of this baffling variety. The Buddha was well-acquainted with all this diversity and tried to provide proper guidance to the society. His ideas were at once traditional and revolutionary, transformative and emancipating. That is why he became easily acceptable to the masses and the elites. Many kings like Pasenadi of Kosala came to him to seek advice and tranquility and peace of mind. There are many stories available in the early literature about Pasenadi?s marriage with a woman of low caste by deceit and Buddha?s advice to the king to adopt the policy of ?forget and forgive?. The Buddha seems to have favoured var?avyavasthÈ but opposed jÈtivÈda. He was well steeped in the Vedic lore. He tried to rectify the aberrations in the Vedic thought and that paved the way for the rise of VedÈnta. Had there not been the Buddha, perhaps, the great thinker ?ankara would not have come into existence. The contribution of Buddhism to Indian thought and culture is immense. Buddha was born and brought up in the cultural soil of India, purified the soil to enable blossoming of the best flowers and fruits in the cultural garden of India. Buddhism has not only enlightened India, but also the whole of Asia in the ancient times, and now it is enlightening the whole world in the modern times. Buddhism has been the best product of Indian culture to be offered to the world at large. There is a need to re-establish Buddhism in its pure and prestine form, and that will help India and also the world.

Author Bio: Professor Siddheshwar Rameshwar Bhatt is an eminent philosopher, Sanskritist and profound thinker. He retired as Professor and Head of Department of Philosophy and Coordinator of University Grant Commission?s Special Assistance Programme in Philosophy in the University of Delhi. Presently he is Emeritus Fellow of the UGC in Delhi University.

Professor Bhatt is an internationally known authority on Ancient Indian Philosophy and Culture, having specialization in NyÈya, Buddhism, Jainism and VedÈnta. He has been the General President of Indian Philosophical Congress and All India Philosophy Association (Akhil Bharatiya Darshan Parishad). He is a member of the federation of the International Societies of Philosophy, World Association of Vedic Studies, Society for Comparative and Asian Philosophy, International VedÈnta Congress etc. and a Regional Coordinator of Council for Research in Values and Philosophy which has brought out 130 books on would cultures and civilizations.

Professor Bhatt has lectured in many universities and research institutes of India, Japan, China, South Korea, North Korea, Germany, United States of America, Turkey and Trinidad. He has organized more than 50 national and international seminars and conferences. He has authored and edited several books and research papers on themes pertaining to philosophy, culture, values and society.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 26 July, 2011.

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