Early Buddhist Transmission and Trade Networks: Mobility and Exchange Within and Beyond the Northwestern Borderlands of South Asia

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BRILL, Nov 19, 2010 - History - 371 pages
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This exploration of early paths for Buddhist transmission within and beyond South Asia retraces the footsteps of monks, merchants, and other agents of cross-cultural exchange. A reassessment of literary, epigraphic, and archaeological sources reveals hisorical contexts for the growth of the Buddhist sa gha from approximately the 5th century BCE to the end of the first millennium CE. Patterns of dynamic Buddhist mobility were closely linked to transregional trade networks extending to the northwestern borderlands and joined to Central Asian silk routes by capillary routes through transit zones in the upper Indus and Tarim Basin. By examining material conditions for Buddhist establishments at nodes along these routes, this book challenges models of gradual diffusion and develops alternative explanations for successful Buddhist movement.
 

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Contents

Road Map for Travelers
1
Chapter Two Historical Contexts for the Emergence and Transmission of Buddhism within South Asia
65
Chapter Three Trade Networks in Ancient South Asia
183
Chapter Four Old Roads in the Northwestern Borderlands
229
Chapter Five Capillary Routes of the Upper Indus
257
Chapter Six LongDistance Transmission to Central Asian Silk Routes and China
289
Alternative Paths and Paradigms of Buddhist Transmission
311
Bibliography
321
Index
363
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Jason Neeus, Ph.D. (2001) In Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington, is an Assistant Professor for South Asian Religions at Wilfrid Laurier University and a former Research Fellow for Indian Religious History at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum.

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