This book is an historical survey of Buddhism in India and shows how over a period of 2500 years, Buddhism has been engaged in a struggle against caste-hierarchy.
Author: Gail Omvedt
Publisher: SAGE Publications India
Category: Social Science
This book is an historical survey of Buddhism in India and shows how over a period of 2500 years, Buddhism has been engaged in a struggle against caste-hierarchy. It has challenged Brahmanism, the main exploitative system of traditional Indian society, and instead endeavoured to build religious egalitarianism. The book focuses on the question of what is the 'core' element in Buddhist Dhamma, on what role it has played in the development of Indian civilization, and the changed perspective of Buddhism in a modern industrial age. The author starts with the rise of Buddhism in the middle of the second millenium BC amidst crucial cultural and social developments. The teachings of Buddha and the different forms of Buddhism have been discussed. Here the contrast between Buddhism and Brahmanism with regard to the caste system, the origin and role of state, the approach to various social groups and the position of women is well defined. The author examines the civilizational impact of Buddhism, its connections with ancient India's leading role in trade, its spread and popularity in South and Southeast Asia, its role in fostering a dynamic and open society as against the hierarchical, village-bound, caste-defined Brahmanical social system. Then came the defeat of Buddhism in India and the reassertion of Brahmanism. For centuries Buddhism retreated to what some term as its 'underground survival'. Its relationship with the syncretist Bhakti movement has been another important aspect of the book. Finally the revival of Buddhism in the nineteenth century, the dalit-based success of the religion under Ambedkar and its future in India have been studied. The author argues that Ambedkarian Buddhism can serve as a powerful force for reconstructing society in a new and challenging millenium.
The present work is based on interdisciplinary approach for identifying the content and nature of the modernisation process occurred in Buddhism.
Author: Lella Karunyakara
Publisher: Gyan Books
The present work is based on interdisciplinary approach for identifying the content and nature of the modernisation process occurred in Buddhism. The study rightly identifies the features of post-modernisation in the understanding of Ambedkar and Dalai Lama about Buddhism. The study touched the fringes of post-modern understanding of Buddhism, i.e., Dalit Buddhism or Adi Buddhism. The present study mainly deals with the contribution of Ambedkar and Dalai Lama XIV to modernize the Buddhist tradition.
The first part tells the story of how Ambedkar overcame the suffering and struggle of his early years to become the shaper of the Indian constitution and the leader of his people to a new life.
Publisher: Windhorse Publications
One of the most far-reaching of Sangharakshita's contributions to modern Buddhism was giving shape to the Buddhist conversion movement begun by the great Indian statesman and reformer, Dr B.R. Ambedkar. The first part tells the story of how Ambedkar overcame the suffering and struggle of his early years to become the shaper of the Indian constitution and the leader of his people to a new life. The second part is a collection of 36 talks from Sangharakshita's tour of the Buddhist communities in India in 1981-2.
Release on 2016-12-01 | by Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Michael Jerryson
Related to the contemporary historical reimagining of India's Buddhist past is the revival of Nalanda University. This newly imagined vision of “Asian” education is
modeled after the ancient Buddhist monastic-education complex, and the issues
Author: Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Michael Jerryson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
As an incredibly diverse religious system, Buddhism is constantly changing. The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism offers a comprehensive collection of work by leading scholars in the field that tracks these changes up to the present day. Taken together, the book provides a blueprint to understanding Buddhism's past and uses it to explore the ways in which Buddhism has transformed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The volume contains 41 essays, divided into two sections. The essays in the first section examine the historical development of Buddhist traditions throughout the world. These chapters cover familiar settings like India, Japan, and Tibet as well as the less well-known countries of Vietnam, Bhutan, and the regions of Latin America, Africa, and Oceania. Focusing on changes within countries and transnationally, this section also contains chapters that focus explicitly on globalization, such as Buddhist international organizations and diasporic communities. The second section tracks the relationship between Buddhist traditions and particular themes. These chapters review Buddhist interactions with contemporary topics such as violence and peacebuilding, and ecology, as well as Buddhist influences in areas such as medicine and science. Offering coverage that is both expansive and detailed, The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism delves into some of the most debated and contested areas within Buddhist Studies today.
This is the first such account, and it details for the first time the administrative, legal and legislative activities which shaped the temple`s current status as one of the world`s most popular pilgrimage sites.
Author: Alan Trevithick
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
Category: Buddhist temples
Alan Trevithick spent three years researching primary documents in New Delhi, Sarnath, Colombo, and London, in order to present this history (1874-1949) of the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya. This is the first such account, and it details for the first time the administrative, legal and legislative activities which shaped the temple`s current status as one of the world`s most popular pilgrimage sites. Also included is an innovative biographical essay on Anagarika Dharmapala, the Sinhalese activist who first came to India in the late 19th century as a guest of the Theosohical society: his subsequent actions substantially affected the development of Bodh Gaya as a site of international importance.
meetings have been held in many countries of Europe , America and Asia , I had
occasion to meet the Buddhists leaders from different countries ... I have kept in
mind criticism of scholars like Trevor Ling in his book “ Buddhist Revival in India .
3 The Dalai Lama even declared , “ I shall be reborn in India " . 4 The Dalai Lama
is a symbol of Buddhist revival in modern India and the ray of hope , for
restoration of the Buddha - Dharma in the land of Lord Gautama Buddha . In fact "
1 1 THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY TO THE BUDDHIST REVIVAL IN INDIA MICHAEL GOMES Abstract This paper points out
that Madame H.P.Blavatsky and Col. H.S.Olcott , the founders of the
Theosophical Society ...
If there is a Hindu revival in India, there is a Buddhist revival in the world. — Indian Mirror, 1893. Recovering. Bodh Gaya gave Dharmapala a way both to
imitate the unbreakable resolution of the Buddha and serve the Buddhist world.
After his ...
Author: Steven Kemper
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Dharmapala is a galvanizing figure in Sri Lanka's recent history, widely regarded as the nationalist hero who saved the Sinhala people from cultural collapse and whose 'protestant' reformation of Buddhism drove monks toward increased political involvement and ethnic confrontation. Yet he spent the vast majority of his life abroad, dealing with other concerns. Steven Kemper re-evaluates this important figure in the light of an unprecedented number of his writings that paint a picture not of a nationalist zealot but of a spiritual seeker earnest in his pursuit of salvation.