The fourteen essays included in this volume explore the Buddhist revolution in the realms of social, economic and political thought. The essays cover topics ranging from ideas on society, economy, political organization to aesthetics and religious mores. The last essay describes the state of Buddhism in its final phases during the Gupta age. The work is based on materials from the Buddhist Canonical and post-Canonical literature and is a distinct contribution toward a new understanding of the place of some specifically Buddhist ideas in the cultural history of India.|
About the Author:
BALKRISHNA GOVIND GOKHALE has taught in colleges and universities for forty-eight years. His interest in Pali literature and early Buddhism began in 1930s and has continued over half a century of research and publications on diverse aspects of Buddhist culture. His publications include fifteen books and over ninety papers published in journals. He is now Professor Emeritus of History and Asian Studies at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.