India and China : interactions through Buddhism and diplomacy ; a collection of essays

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Anthem Press, 2011 - History - 255 pages

Underscoring the unique and multifaceted interactions between ancient India and ancient China, 'India and China: Interactions through Buddhism and Diplomacy' collates the classic works of the preeminent Indian scholar of Chinese history and Buddhism Professor Prabodh Chandra Bagchi (1898-1956). The collected essays of this volume range from those that examine the ancient names for India in Chinese sources, to those that investigate Indian influences on Chinese thought, analyze the beginnings of Buddhism in China, and explore the letters exchanged between the Chinese monk Xuanzang (Hiuan-Tsang) and his Indian friends. Also included are a variety of Bagchi's short articles, as well as English translations of a number of his Bengali essays.

Further insight into Bagchi's work is provided by the renowned scholars Suniti Kumar Chatterji and Akira Yuyama, who discuss respectively Bagchi's contribution to Chinese studies in India and to the wider understanding of India-China interactions. With its wide-ranging and thorough investigation of both Sino-Indian Buddhism and cultural relations between the two ancient civilizations, 'India and China: Interactions through Buddhism and Diplomacy' will be an invaluable text for anyone interested in cross-cultural exchanges between India and China, Buddhism, or Asian history.

 

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Contents

Indian Influence on Chinese Thought
25
A Note on the Avadānaśataka and its Chinese Translation
43
Bodhisattvaśīla of Śubhākarasiṁha
49
A Fragment of the Kāśyapa Saṁhitā in Chinese
75
The Chinese Mysticism
87
Some Early Buddhist Missionaries of Persia in China
91
Some Letters of HiuanTsang and his Indian Friends
95
New Lights on the Chinese Inscriptions of Bodhgayā
101
The VisvaBharati Cheena Bhavana
199
Indian Hindu Culture and Religion in China
213
A Model in
231
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25
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43
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Index
245
49
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A Buddhist Monk of Nālandā amongst the Western Turks
105
Political Relations between Bengal and China in the Pathan Period
109
Chinese Coins from Tanjore
137
Report on a New Hoard of Chinese Coins
141
Kipin and Kashmir
145
SinoIndian Relations The Period of the United Empires 6181100 A D
155
SinoIndian Spheres of Influences
179
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145
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Bangwei Wang is a professor at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Research Centre of Eastern Literature and the Centre for India Studies, Peking University.

Tansen Sen is an associate professor of Asian history and religions at Baruch College, City University of New York, and is currently also a visiting senior research fellow at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

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