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HISTORY OF MAHAYANA BUDDHISM ITS ART ARCHITECTURE AND LITERATURE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
 
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

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ABOUT THE BOOK
 
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.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
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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