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By Lars Fogelin

ISBN-10: 0199948216

ISBN-13: 9780199948215

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An Archaeological historical past of Indian Buddhism is a complete survey of Indian Buddhism from its origins within the sixth century BCE, via its ascendance within the 1st millennium CE, and its eventual decline in mainland South Asia via the mid-2nd millennium CE. Weaving jointly experiences of archaeological continues to be, structure, iconography, inscriptions, and Buddhist historic resources, this ebook uncovers the quotidian issues and practices of Buddhist priests and nuns (the sangha), and their lay adherents--concerns and practices frequently obscured in experiences of Buddhism premised mostly, if now not completely, on Buddhist texts. on the middle of Indian Buddhism lies a continual social contradiction among the will for person asceticism as opposed to the necessity to keep a coherent neighborhood of Buddhists. ahead of the early 1st millennium CE, the sangha relied seriously at the patronage of kings, guilds, and traditional Buddhists to aid themselves. in this interval, the sangha emphasised the communal parts of Buddhism as they sought to set up themselves because the leaders of a coherent spiritual order. by means of the mid-1st millennium CE, Buddhist monasteries had turn into strong political and financial associations with wide landholdings and wealth. This new fiscal self-sufficiency allowed the sangha to restrict their day by day interplay with the laity and start to extra totally fulfill their ascetic wishes for the 1st time. This withdrawal from usual interplay with the laity resulted in the cave in of Buddhism in India within the early-to-mid second millennium CE. unlike the ever-changing spiritual practices of the Buddhist sangha, the Buddhist laity have been extra conservative--maintaining their non secular practices for nearly millennia, whilst they nominally shifted their allegiances to rival non secular orders. This booklet additionally serves as an exemplar for the archaeological learn of long term non secular switch throughout the views of perform thought, materiality, and semiotics.

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