Buddhism at Sārnāth
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Dean of School of Buddhist Studies and Civilisation, Gautam Buddha University
This book attempts a reconstruction of the different Buddhist traditions that evolved at Sārnāth between the preaching of the Four Noble Truths (sixth century BC) and the construction of Dharmachakrajina Vihāra (twelfth century CE) in the early medieval age. Sārnāth is one of the eight centres of Buddhism, and this book attempts an objective assessment of the history, rise and decline of Sārnāth by studying archaeological, epigraphic and literary sources. It explores the religious traditions, origin and geomorphological construction of the Sārnāth region, dhammacakkapabattana, its religious and architectural symbolism and patronage. The probable causes of the decline of Buddhism at Sārnāth have also been discussed in the context of Chinese, Indian and Persian sources, and archaeological reports.
‘The author has discussed in detail the evolution of Sārnāth as a centre of Buddhist pilgrimage and the historical development of Buddhism and its various sects, stupas and art and architecture in the region concerned…The book is further enriched by photographs of Buddhist monuments and figures of Buddhist deities discovered at the time of excavation.’
Sarita Khettry, Indian Historical Review
‘This book should be implemented in every History of Buddhism course (or any similar subject), in our Buddhist universities, and be sold in all of our university bookshops.’
Dion Peoples, Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Universities