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Buddhist Literature and Art
Facets of Buddhist Thought and Culture: Vol. 4
Dr. Mahendra & P Mittal , S R Bhatt
Bibliography : xii, 274pp., 20 Plates, Demy 8vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8188629286
HB ISBN (13) : 9788188629282

(HB) List Price US$ : 24
(HB) We Sell At US$ : 20

About the Book:

Buddhist literature is amazingly vast. It has been produced at all points of time in
ancient, medieval and modern times in India and outside all over the world. Buddhist
literature can be classified time-wise, language-wise and country-wise. Unfortunately a
large amount of ancient literature could not be preserved and has been lost in oblivion.
Some of it has been lost in original but some of it is available in translations and can
be retrieved. It will be a huge but highly significant task to restore the lost
literature, but it should be attempted by world scholarship as it would be valuable asset
to human culture.

The basic Buddhist literature grew up on Indian soil in Pali and Sanskrit languages and
has shaped the intellectual climate of India in ancient times. Soon it spread out to other
Asian countries and reformed their psyche. In modern times Buddhist literature is being
produced all over the world mostly in expository form. For the ancient literature there
are several catalogues like that of Tanjore, Gilgit, Nanjio and some good bibliographic
histories like that of Taranatha. A classified and comparative account of the entire
Buddhist literature produced so far is a need of the times. It will be a gigantic work to
be undertaken by a team of scholars.

The Buddhist literature is mainly concerned with biographies of ƒÈkya Muni, the Buddha, his previous births and future incarnations, the Bodhisattvas and their noble
conduct, teachings of the Buddha, disciplinary codes for the Samgha, expositions of
philosophical, epistemological, moral, religious and eschatological ideas, beliefs and

The Buddhist art occupies a very significant position in the totality of Indian art
traditions. Though distinctive in ideas and thematic descriptions, it is in line with the
general Indian art traditions. The Buddhist art went outside India alongwith the spread of
Buddhism and it assumed newer forms in the countries of its locale. It is a remarkable
event in world history to witness Buddhist art in veriegated forms in the countries of
Asia. For example, the Pagoda at Barabudur in Java, at Anuradhapuram in Ceylon and the
Swayambhu Nath Temple in Nepal are artistic marvels which provide richness to world
culture and civilisation.



List of plates


1 The Buddhist Manuscsripts at Gilgit - N. Dutt

2. The Buddhist Manuscsripts at Gilgit - N. Dutt

3. The Buddhist Manuscsripts at Gilgit - N. Dutt

4. The Buddhist Manuscsripts at Gilgit - N. Dutt

5. The Buddhist Manuscsripts at Gilgit - N. Dutt

6. Bodhicitta-vivara‡a of NÈgÈrjuna - P.C. Bagchi

7. Bodhicittavivara‡a - Prabhubhai Patel

8. Bodhisattva PrÈtimok–a SÊtra - Nalinaksha Dutt

9. An Appendix to the new edition of the BodhicaryÈvatÈra - Sujitkumar Mukhopadhyaya

10. MahÈyÈna and HÏnayÈna Works known to NÈgÈrjuna - R. Kimura

11. Derivation of PÈli - S.V. Viswanatha

12. Marriage in Buddhist Literature - B.C. Law

13. Slavery as known from the Buddhist PÈli Sources - Madan Mohan Singh

14. An early Buddha Statue from Yñnnan - W. Liebenthal

15. Observations on the Buddhist remains at Jaggayyapeta - Debala Mitra

16. Iconographic Notes on some Buddhist Sculpture at Ellora - R. Sen Gupta

17. Some Buddhist Antiquities and Monuments of Rajasthan - Ratna Chandra Agrawala

18. The Absence of the Buddha Image in the Prekushan Period - D.K. Sinha

19. A Bodh-GayÈ Image Inscription - B.M. Barua

20. The Earth Goddess in Buddhist Art - O.C. Gangoly

21. The HarmikÈ and the Origin of Buddhist Stupas - J. Przyluski

22. A temple of the Buddhist God MahÈkÈla - Debala Mitra

23. The hair and the U–‡Ï–a on the head of the Buddhas and the Jinas - Ramaprasad

24. Some Images and Traces of MahÈyÈna Buddhism in Chittagong - Narendra Nath Law

25. Old Buddhist Shrines at Bodh-Gaya - B M. Barua

26. A rare type of Bodhisattva-images from Sanchi - Debala Mitra

27. The Jaina Reference in the Buddhist Literature - Kamta Prasad Jain

28. Buddhist Education in PÈli and Sanskrit Schools - E.J. Thomas

29. Buddhist Evidence for the Early Existence of Drama - O.H. De A. Wijesekera

30. The GÈmabhojaka in the Buddhist Birth-stories - Atindra Nath Bose

31. On the 'Buddhacarita' of Asvagho–a - Sukumar Sen

Buddhist Literature and Art, by Dr. Mahendra & P Mittal


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