About the Book:
Buddhism in Central Asia is a saga of Peaceful pursuit by
Buddhist scholars from Kashmir and Kabul to propagate the message of the Buddha.
This vast region between the Tien-Shan and the Kunlun ranges was the centre of
activities of these Buddhist savants. Here people of different races and
professions, speaking many languages, were finally blended into a cosmopolitan
culture. This created an intellectual climate of high order. In this context,
the famous silk trade route was helpful in adding to the material prosperity of
the people in this region
The present study, therefore, is not one of Buddhism in
isolation. It equally provides an account of the political forces confronting
each other during the course of history of this region for well over a thousand
For centuries the drifting desert sand of central Asia
enveloped this civilization and the region connected with it. The
late-nineteenth and early twentieth century explorers and archaeologists
successfully uncovered it at different centres along the old Silk Route. This
has been helpful for a comprehensive study of Buddhism with its literature and
art. The finds of hundreds of inscriptions have added to the cultural dimensions
of the study.
About the Author:
DR. BAIN NATH PURI (born 25th January 1916) is one of the
leading historians of the country. His two works India in the Time of Patanjali
and The History of the Gurjara-Pratiharas earned him the two research degrees of
M. Litt and D. Phil of the University of Oxford. His publications number over
Dr. Puri is widely travelled and was invited to deliver
lectures at many universities in Europe. He was for more than five years
Professor and Head of the Department of Ancient Indian History and Archaeology
at the Lucknow University. He is now a Professor Emeritus.
Experts from Reviews:
... Buddhism in Central Asia is a work packed with information representing
great labours among the source material. It describes and summarizes a complex
period of momentous import for the development of Buddhism beyond its Indian
The Middle Way, Vol. 63, No. 3, 1988.
... Dr. Puri has focused on this area (Buddhism) and has brought
together a wealth of material in a condensed and compact form
Buddhist Studies Review 9, 1, 1992.
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