Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo

2nd Edition

Richard F. Gombrich

Routledge
Published June 19, 2006
Textbook - 252 Pages
ISBN 9780415365093 - CAT# RU65090
Series: The Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices

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Written by the leading authority on Theravada Buddhism, this up-dated edition takes into account recent research to include the controversies over the date of the Buddha and current social and political developments in Sri Lanka. Gombrich explores the legacy of the Buddha's predecessors and the social and religious contexts against which Buddhism has developed and changed throughout history, demonstrating above all, how it has always influenced and been influenced by its social surroundings in a way which continues to this day.

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