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An Archaeological History of Indian Buddhism
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An Archaeological History of Indian Buddhism

Lars Fogelin

Abstract

This book provides a survey of Indian Buddhism from its origins in the sixth century BCE, through its ascendance in the first millennium CE, and its eventual decline in mainland South Asia by the mid-second millennium CE. Weaving together studies of archaeological remains, architecture, iconography, inscriptions, and Buddhist historical sources, this book uncovers the quotidian concerns and practices of Buddhist monks and nuns (the sangha), and their lay adherents. At the heart of Indian Buddhism lies a persistent social contradiction between the desire for individual asceticism versus the nee ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, India, archaeology, architecture, sangha

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199948215
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948215.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lars Fogelin, author
University of Arizona, Associate Professor of Anthropology