The present work raises many challenging questions in regard to the nature and functional role of Buddhism in the history of Indian ideas. This book makes a reassessment of the views on the origins of Buddhism put forward by eminent scholars and deals with the ideological background of Buddhism in which its key-concepts as found in other sources have been traced, identified and documented. The traditional substrata of the Buddhist mythology have also been explored from the pre-vedic, vedic, puranic, regional and tribal sources. It has been argued that the doctrinal, epistemological and ontological critque of Buddhism vis-a-vis the standpoints of the Jains, Vedantists, Mimamsakas and Nyaya-Vaisesikas clearly suggest that Buddhism was viewed by its opponents as a thought-complex and not as a distinct religious system.
About the Author:
NARENDRA NATH BHATTACHARYYA teaches religious and social history in the Department of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta.