Buddhism in India

Buddhism in India (English, Hardcover, Omvedt Gail)

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Buddhism in India  (English, Hardcover, Omvedt Gail)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
    • Genre: Social Science
    • ISBN: 9780761996644, 9780761996644
    • Pages: 316
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    This book is an historical survey of Buddhism in India and shows how over a period of 2500 years, Buddhism has been engaged in a struggle against caste-hierarchy. It has challenged Brahmanism, the main exploitative system of traditional Indian society, and instead endeavoured to build religious egalitarianism. The book focuses on the question of what is the 'core' element in Buddhist Dhamma, on what role it has played in the development of Indian civilization, and the changed perspective of Buddhism in a modern industrial age. The author starts with the rise of Buddhism in the middle of the second millenium BC amidst crucial cultural and social developments. The teachings of Buddha and the different forms of Buddhism have been discussed. Here the contrast between Buddhism and Brahmanism with regard to the caste system, the origin and role of state, the approach to various social groups and the position of women is well defined. The author examines the civilizational impact of Buddhism, its connections with ancient India's leading role in trade, its spread and popularity in South and Southeast Asia, its role in fostering a dynamic and open society as against the hierarchical, village-bound, caste-defined Brahmanical social system. Then came the defeat of Buddhism in India and the reassertion of Brahmanism. For centuries Buddhism retreated to what some term as its 'underground survival'. Its relationship with the syncretist Bhakti movement has been another important aspect of the book. Finally the revival of Buddhism in the nineteenth century, the dalit-based success of the religion under Ambedkar and its future in India have been studied. The author argues that Ambedkarian Buddhism can serve as a powerful force for reconstructing society in a new and challenging millenium.
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    • 215 mm
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    • 139 mm
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    • 510 gr
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    Bring Indian history back to the middle - A radical and necessary revision.

    I have just finished reading Gail Omvedt's book " Buddhism in India" - challenging Brahminism and Caste. I was intrigued by the word "Brahminism" which is used in the book instead of the normally prevalent "Hinduism". This is technically correct because the word "Hindu" is geographic rather than religious.

    The book covers around 2500 years of Indian history from the origin of Buddhism to present day. It is a detailed study of struggle between the egalitarian Samana traditions native to India...
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