The present work is designed to consist of a group of organically connected historical studies relating to the origins of Buddhism. It is the doctrinal rather than the institutional aspect of Buddhism that is mainly considered. The subject matter is for the greater part of a literary and religio-philosophic character, but the treatment is intended to be primarily historical. The whole work attempts to trace the rise and evolution of early Buddhist literature and thought both as an inner cultural process and an external process of actions of individuals and monastic communities.
About the Author
Govind Chandra Pande was a well-known Indian historian of the Vedic and the Buddhist periods. He served as a professor of ancient history and vice-chancellor at Jaipur and Allahabad universities. He was also the chairman of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla for several years, the Chairman of Allahabad Museum Society and the Chairman of Central Tibetan Society, Sarnath, Varanasi. He edited several volumes of ancient history in the Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture. Some of his other works include Life and Thought of Sankaracharya, Bauddha Dharma ke Vikas ka Itihas, Apohasiddhi, Nyayabindu, Mulya Mimamsa, Vaidik Samskriti, and Meaning Process of Culture.
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