Encyclopaedia of Buddhism:   (Volume VI)

Encyclopaedia of Buddhism: (Volume VI)

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Author: M G Chitkara
Publisher: APH Publishing Corporation
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 646
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8176481858


As part of a 21-volume series, this book points out that Buddha was born, grew up, and died a Hindu, and he was restating with a new emphasis the ancient ideals of the Indo-Aryan civilization.

Further, Buddhism did not start as a new and independent religion. It was an offshoot of the more ancient faith of the Hindus. The Buddha came to fulfil, not to destroy. Sir Radhakrishnan, the late president of India has opined that, The Buddha did not feel that he was announcing a new religion. While Buddhist culture lost he was announcing a new religion.

While Buddhist culture lost its continuity in the mainland during the medieval period, it remained an active force in the mountainous fastness of the inner Himalayan sanctuaries. Buddhism has continued to be a living reality in Himalayas since its inception. In India, the Buddhist heritage is now available only in the monasteries and the ancient monuments. Their conservation in the natural setting, their systematic tabulation and revaluation can alone testify to the powerful cultural links that existed between Buddhist India and the Buddhist world.

Himalaya is the supreme mountain range on the earth. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna has said that among mountains I am the Himalayas. The great Sanskrit poet Kalidasa and mysteries influence all the spheres of life of the people from the very early times.

Buddhist considers Himalayan Kailash as the centre of the cosmic universe inhabited by the Buddha and a retinue of five hundred Bodhisattvas with tantric deity. It is also the seat of female deity Vajra Varshi, Samvaras’s spiritual consort. Hindus look upon Kailash as the abode of Lord Shiva Pashupatinath and his consort Parvati. Because of his strongly phallic from, serious Shiva devotees identify it with lingam.

The mentor of Buddhism, the inherent on Lord Gautama Buddha was born in Himalayas Lumbini in Nepal. He had all the wealth at his command but relinquished everything for others and achieved enlightenment. He found solace in love, compassion and service of others. Love for others became the aim of Bondhisattva and thought travelled from Nepal to Bodh Gaya and World over.

In the new millennium the factors that will most affect both our ability to feed ourselves and our welfare in general likely to be environmental and climatic rather than economic and political. These factors include; climatic destabilisation, the erosion of the ozone layer that protects living things from ultraviolet radiation, global deforestation, acid rain, the annihilation of plant and animal species and in general the reduction of genetic diversity, and degradation, and water pollution. Only a clearly formulated ecological world view is likely to give rise to a comprehensive strategy for assuring the preservation of the earth, and hence the survival of the human species.


Jambudvipa: A Ring Around Meru
Shambla: The Brilliant Light
Pulsating with Life
Search for Eternal Truth
The Enlightened
Tackling Spiritual Issues
The Freedom
The Seed of Mind
No Escape
Search for Peace & Happiness
Dharma: Essentially A Rule of Interdependence
Frowns over Consumption
Maintaining Equilibrium
Shiva’s Dance
Abode of Chakarsamwar
Thyangboche monstery: Mount Everest
Suffering & Its Cessation spiritual Magnetism
A Requiem for Human Relationship
Advent of Socialism
Buddhist Revival
Buddha in Exile
Bonism In Himalayas
The Essence of Dzogchen
Buddhist Monastery
Kyaung: the Buddhist Gurukul
Roof of the World : A Reality
Lumbini, The Birthplace of Gautam, The Buddha Advayavajra
The Diadem of India
Once Almost Wholly Buddhist Ladakh Buddhist’s Land Ends
Pakistan Occupied Kashmir
Buddhism in Dev Bhumi
A Tribal Bodhisattva
Indomitable Highlanders
Land of Thunder Dragon
The Sacred Treasure of Padamsambhava
Buddhist Chakma Tribals
The Land of Dawn lit Mountains
Abode of Clouds

Appraisal & Sum up


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