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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3rd century B.C. 5th century A.D. Ancient India Anuradhapura appears Arthasastra Asoka associated Atthakatha became bhikkhus brahmanas brahmanas and gahapatis Buddha Buddhaghosa Buddhist texts Cakkavatti candala caste system ceremony Ceylon chronicle context culture described developed dhamma dhammiko dhammaraja dominion early Buddhist literature economic empire evidence exercise of power existing festivals goyigama groups guild Gupta Hindu Ibid important India and Ceylon inscriptions island Jatakas jati kahapanas khattiyas khuddaka Nikaya king king's kingdom kingship land later Maha Mahavamsa Mahavihara Mahinda Majjhima Nikaya Mauryan period merchants monasteries monks nesada original Pali Canon Pali Commentaries parinayaka Pataliputra Pitaka popular pukkusa rajas referred reign religion religious Rhys Davids royal ruler Sangha significant Sinhalese Smp SHB social order social world society South India status suggests Sutta Nipata system of stratification Tamil Thera Tipitaka Tissa trade various varna vedic vihara village Vinaya Vinaya pitaka