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Author : Sitaramamma Jagarlamudi
ISBN : 978-81-7320-172-1
Edition : 2017
Language : English
Size & Pages : 29 cm, pp240, Illus (Col).
Publisher : Agam Kala Prakashan
Format : Hardbound
Price : Rs. 3500


Buddhism is vast field spanning a wide variety of concerns. For twenty five
centuries Buddhism has inspired the greatest achievements of Asian thought and
culture, and today the impact of its message is beginning to be felt in the western
world as well. The greatness of the religion lies in the method of its spread. In the
entire world religions, Buddhism is the only religion which made its way without
persecution, censorship or inquisition. As H.G. Wells, the great Historian stated
“Buddhism has done more for the advance of world civilization and true culture
than any other influence in the chronicles of mankind”. Buddhism is not confined
to any particular race, nation or country it is universal. Similarly the torch of
Dhamma spread to the lands of gold and islands of gold (Suvarnabumi and
Suvanadvipa). Andhradesa had been the strong hold of Buddhism from early times
and the Andhakas as the Andhra Buddhists were known to Pali literature had been
in the forefront of all the later developments in Buddhism. The Mahayana schools
of Andhra, and the Andhra Mahayanists who settled at Srilanka have chosen the
Southeast Asian countries where there were already commercial colonies set up by
Andhra merchants.
Nalinaksha Dutt rightly observes that to South India particularly Andhra
goes the credit of being the birth place not only of Mahayana but also its earliest
exponents Acharya Nagarjuna and Aryadeva. Buddhism is perhaps the earliest of
the missionary religions; it adopted itself to the local condition and absorbed the
local systems into itself without any prejudice to its fundamental tenets. That is one
of the reason for the rise of different schools and sects not only in India but also
Southeast Asian countries. The absorption of the local primitive beliefs and rituals
led to the rise of peculiar or even strange principles in each of the countries and in
no two countries Buddhist practices look alike. With the rise of worship the
Mahayana pantheon like Avalokiteswara, Amitaba, Vajrapani, Manjusri,
Prajnaparamita, Tara, Trailokyanatha, Lokanada, Lokeswara huge temples were
constructed to these gods all over Southeast Asia. Theravada and Mahayana
coexisted in these countries from early centuries but from about the 12 th century
A.D Theravada became predominant.
Professor Sitaramamma Jagarlamudi born on 5 th August 1958 in Andhrapradesh.
Completed her Post Graduation from Acharya Nagarjuna University in Ancient
Indian History and Archeology in 1980. Later joined in the Centre for Mahayana
Buddhist Studies for her PhD and selected for the U.G.C N.E.T fellowship. In
1988 she joined as an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Mahayana Buddhist
Studies. In 1998 promoted as the Associate Professor and from 2006 onwards
serving as the Professor in the Centre for Mahayana Buddhist Studies in different
capacities as Head, Chair person Board of Studies. Published more than 60
Research Articles in the National Journals and 25 International publications.
Guided 15 PhD Scholars. Participated in various National and International
Conferences and presented Research papers. Published one book on The History of
Mahayana in Andhradesa.

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