Buddhism in India and Sri Lanka (c. 300 BC to C. 600 AD): A Comparative Study
By A Systematic Study Of Pali Literature And Inscriptions From India And Sri Lanka (300 B.C.-600 A.D.) The Author Sheds Light On The Socio-Economic, Political And Cultural Life Of The Two Countries And Also Provides A Comparative Picture.
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