The Spread of Buddhism

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Ann Heirman, Stephan Peter Bumbacher
BRILL, May 11, 2007 - Social Science - 474 pages
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In no region of the world Buddhism can be seen as a unified doctrinal system. It rather consists of a multitude of different ideas, practices and behaviours. Geographical, social, political, economic, philosophical, religious, and also linguistic factors all played their role in its development and spread, but this role was different from region to region. Based on up-to-date research, this book aims at unraveling the complex factors that shaped the presence of particular forms of Buddhism in the regions to the north and the east of India. The result is a fascinating view on the mechanisms that allowed or hampered the presence of (certain aspects of) Buddhism in regions such as Central Asia, China, Tibet, Mongolia, or Korea.
 

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Contents

The Spread of Buddhism Ann Heirman and Stephan Peter Bumbacher
1
The First Turning of the Wheel of the Doctrine Sarvastivada and Mahasamghika Controversy Bart Dessein
15
Buddhism in Gandhara Siglinde Dietz
49
The Spread of Buddhism in SerindiaBuddhism among Iranians Tocharians and Turks before the 13th century Xavier Tremblay
75
Greece the Final Frontier?The Westward Spread of Buddhism Erik Seldeslachts
131
from India to China Ann Heirman
167
Daoist Reactions Stephan Peter Bumbacher
203
Tantric Threads between India and China Martin Lehnert
247
The Buddhist Way into Tibet KarÚnina KollmarPaulenz
303
The Later Spread of Buddhism in Tibet Sven Bretfeld
341
The History of Buddhism among the Mongols Klaus Sagaster
379
The Spread of Chan Zen Buddhism T Griffith Foulk
433
Index of Names
457
Index of Places
465
Index of Titles
471
Copyright

The Accounts of Milbon Hyetong and My÷ngnang in the Samguk yusa Pol Vanden Broucke edited by Sem Vermeersch
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Ann Heirman, Ph.D. (1998) in Oriental Languages and Cultures, is Professor of Chinese Language and Culture at Ghent University, Belgium. She has published extensively on Chinese Buddhist monasticism including Rules for Nuns according to the Dharmaguptakavinaya (2002). Stephan Peter Bumbacher, Dr. phil. (1996) teaches sinology and religious studies at the universities of Tubingen and Zurich. He is author of The fragments of the 'Daoxue zhuan' (2000) and articles on Chinese Buddhism, Daoism, and religious studies.