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By Lars Fogelin

ISBN-10: 0199948216

ISBN-13: 9780199948215

ISBN-10: 0199948232

ISBN-13: 9780199948239

An Archaeological historical past of Indian Buddhism is a entire 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 through the mid-2nd millennium CE. Weaving jointly stories of archaeological is still, structure, iconography, inscriptions, and Buddhist ancient assets, this booklet uncovers the quotidian matters and practices of Buddhist priests and nuns (the sangha), and their lay adherents--concerns and practices usually obscured in stories of Buddhism premised mostly, if no longer solely, on Buddhist texts. on the center of Indian Buddhism lies a power social contradiction among the need for person asceticism as opposed to the necessity to preserve a coherent neighborhood of Buddhists. prior to the early 1st millennium CE, the sangha relied seriously at the patronage of kings, guilds, and traditional Buddhists to help 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. through the mid-1st millennium CE, Buddhist monasteries had develop into strong political and fiscal associations with wide landholdings and wealth. This new financial self-sufficiency allowed the sangha to restrict their daily interplay with the laity and start to extra absolutely fulfill their ascetic wishes for the 1st time. This withdrawal from standard interplay with the laity ended in the cave in of Buddhism in India within the early-to-mid 2d millennium CE. unlike the ever-changing non secular practices of the Buddhist sangha, the Buddhist laity have been extra conservative--maintaining their non secular practices for nearly millennia, while they nominally shifted their allegiances to rival non secular orders. This booklet additionally serves as an exemplar for the archaeological learn of long term spiritual switch during the views of perform thought, materiality, and semiotics.

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