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Glimpses of Buddhist Literature, Philosophy and Thought
Panorama of Buddhist Thought and Culture: 2
Geeta Dua , P. Mittal
Bibliography : x, 298pp., Demy 8vo.
HB ISBN (10) : 8188629499
HB ISBN (13) : 9788188629497

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About the Book:

Buddha was highly benevolent and merciful. He wanted all suffering-beings to share his experiences and to strive to get freedom from the sufferings of mundane life. For this he wandered from one place to another disseminating his experiences. But he himself did not write anything. His disciples who accompanied him might have noted the details of his teachings. It seems that after his MahÈparinirvÈ?a, his disciples codified his teachings in the form of Tripitakas. However, the teachings were understood and interpreted differently by different scholars who reflected on the teachings of the Buddha. So, different scholars of Buddhism came into existence. Not only Buddhism branched-off into several sects and sub-sects in India, such divisions took place in every country where Buddhism went. We have thus many sects and sub-sects of Buddhism in Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other Buddhist countries.<-p>

The differences are only in details and the basic Buddhistic principles and practices are common to all the divisions and sub-divisions. It is natural also that no two minds may think alike or express alike. The truth may be the same but descriptions may be many. This apart, there can be alternative approaches from different standpoints and objectives. Thus, Buddhism is varied and multi-hued. This multiplicity has provided richness to Buddhist thought and culture. Though the early history of Buddhism is shrouded in mystery and mythology we have accounts of Buddhism as it originated and developed in India and also outside India.<-p>

About the Author:

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.<-p>

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.<-p>

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.<-p>

Glimpses of Buddhist Literature, Philosophy and Thought, by Geeta Dua


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