By Lars Fogelin

ISBN-10: 0199948216

ISBN-13: 9780199948215

ISBN-10: 0199948232

ISBN-13: 9780199948239

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 through the mid-2nd millennium CE. Weaving jointly reports of archaeological continues to be, structure, iconography, inscriptions, and Buddhist historic resources, this booklet uncovers the quotidian matters and practices of Buddhist clergymen and nuns (the sangha), and their lay adherents--concerns and practices usually obscured in reviews of Buddhism premised mostly, if now not completely, on Buddhist texts. on the middle of Indian Buddhism lies a chronic social contradiction among the need for person asceticism as opposed to the necessity to retain a coherent group of Buddhists. earlier than 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 components of Buddhism as they sought to set up themselves because the leaders of a coherent spiritual order. by way of the mid-1st millennium CE, Buddhist monasteries had develop into robust political and financial associations with broad 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 wants for the 1st time. This withdrawal from average interplay with the laity ended in the cave in of Buddhism in India within the early-to-mid second millennium CE. not like the ever-changing non secular practices of the Buddhist sangha, the Buddhist laity have been extra conservative--maintaining their spiritual practices for nearly millennia, whilst they nominally shifted their allegiances to rival non secular orders. This e-book additionally serves as an exemplar for the archaeological learn of long term non secular switch during the views of perform concept, materiality, and semiotics.

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