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Impact of Buddhism on Socio-Religious Life of the Asian People

With Special Reference to Sri Lanka, China and Tibet

Buddhism is an ancient religion that spread across Asia in a matter of centuries and had a rare kind of influence on the social and religious life of the Asian peoples.

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Buddhism is an ancient religion that spread across Asia in a matter of centuries and had a rare kind of influence on the social and religious life of the Asian peoples.

The volume stresses on the social and cultural transformation brought about by Buddhism when the royalty in these countries adopted the religion and propagated it. It deals with Sri Lanka's evolution into a stronghold of Theravada Buddhism and China and Tibet's contribution to the Mahayana and Tantrayana Buddhist traditions. It takes up the royal patronage and zeal of missionaries, Buddhist influence on the social structure and personal names, impact of Buddhism on customs, lifestyle, food habits and spread of education and learning in Sri Lanka. It covers factors that encouraged spread of Buddhism in China, architectural and art works undertaken there, and the flourishing of Buddhist literature and missionary work under royal patronage in that country. The work captures the effect of Buddhism on Tibetan religious thinking and social life. It also discusses the later socio-cultural transformation of people of nearby countries owing to the missionary zeal of Buddhism in those countries. Throughout, the work refers to numerous legends and accounts for detailing the contribution of monks, missionaries and royal personages.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788186921432
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8186921435
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2007
  • Pages : xviii, 269
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 550
  • Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index

Preface 
Transliteration Chart 
Acknowledgement

1. Introduction to Cultural Geography of Buddhist Asia
2. State of Society and Religion in Pre-Buddhist Asian Countries

State of Society and Religion in pre-Buddhist India 
State of Society and Religion in pre-Buddhist Ceylon 
State of Society and Religion in pre-Buddhist China 
State of Society and Religion in pre-Buddhist Asian Countries 

3. Buddhism and Cultural Transformation of Asian People by Devout Royalty

The Buddha : A Peripatetic Propagator of His Own Religion 
Role and Contribution of Ashoka in Propagation of Saddharma and Cultural Transformation 

4. Impact of Buddhist Thought and Culture on Sri Lankan People

Mahinda and Introduction of Buddhism in Sri Lanka 
Missionary Activities of Sri Lankan Royalty 
Impact of Buddhism on Sri Lanka 
Ceremonies and Festivals of Sri Lanka 

5. Impact of Buddhist Thought and Culture on Chinese People

Buddhist Cultural Impact on Chinese Life and the Silk Route 
Sea Route and the Transformation of Buddhism to China
Missionary Cultural Torch-Bearers of Buddhism from Central Asia
Cultural History of Debut of Buddhism on Chinese Soil  
Missionary Activities of Monk Scholars and Evangelization of the Chinese
Buddhist Imprint on Chinese Life 

6. Impact of Buddhist Thought and Culture on Tibetan People

Brief History of Introduction of Buddhism in Tibet 
Role of Indian Pandits in Establishing Buddhism in Tibet during Seventh and Eighth Centuries
Buddhist Sects of Tibet and their Founders 
Nyingmapa Sect 
Buddhist Influence on Tibetan Life and Culture 

7. Religio-Cultural Transformation of Korea, Japan and other South-East Asian Countries

Religio-Cultural Transformation of Korea 
Buddhism and Religio-Cultural Metamorphosis of Japan 
Religio-Cultural Transformation of Some Important South-Asian Countries 
Buddhism and Religio-Cultural Transformation of Burmese People
Religio-Cultural Transformation of Siam 
Kampuchea and its Religio-Cultural Transformation 
Buddhist Impress on Vietnam 
Religio-Cultural Transformation of Sumatra and Java 

8. Contribution of Buddhist Thought and Culture to Literature, Art and Architecture of Asian Countries

Contribution of Buddhism to Literature of Asian Countries 
Contribution of Buddhism to the Art and Architecture of Asian Countries 
The Buddhist Sculpture of Central Asia and China

Conclusion 
Bibliography  
Index

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