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The Heritageworld Religion dating back over 2000 years, once dominated great tracts of Asia and still commands the loyalty of millions. Thanks to the lavish and devoted patronage, it came to possess a Wealth of Temples and monasteries, and Art Traditions as varied, as they can be sublime. Its concern with universal salvation also ensured a long development of doctrines and philosophy, Creating a vast literature in many languages. The more one investigates the history, Civilization and the culture of Buddhism, more one is struck by the colossal and enduring character of Buddhist traditions. The social, Religious and Cultural development of Buddhism has accumulated a wealth of Spiritual and literary material.
The enormous volume of literature on the Heritage and culture of the Buddhists has not only created a Demand for general work of reference, but has also made known the necessity for a Buddhist Encyclopaedia of a more special character. To bind the wealth of material between the covers of a book has indeed been a daunting task. It is against this background of challenge that the Encyclopaedia of Buddhism has been prepared, because it is not possible otherwise to have at our command the vast resources of learning and teachings that have accumulated over centuries. The present work is an attempt to meet the universally growing demand for a comprehensive Buddhist Encyclopaedia.
This is a far-reaching claim to make, but a mere glance at the contents will reveal its scope and the names of those whose writings have been included in the Encyclopaedia will establish its authenticity. The Encyclopaedia contains articles on all significant Topics related to Buddhism and its manifested Schools and thoughts. It also aims, further, at containing articles on Buddhists beliefs or customs, and on every Ethical movement, every Philosophical idea, and every moral practice. All the persons and places as are famous in the History of Buddhist religion have been included. The Encyclopaedia therefore embraces the whole range of Theology and philosophy; together will the relevant portions of Anthropology, Mythology, folklore, Psychology, Education, Economics, Sciences and Sociology.
In order to avoid over-lapping, and yet to have every topics treated with sufficient fullness, the method has occasionally been adopted of describing a subject comprehensively in one general article, and then taking one or more particular topes embraced by the general article and dealing with them separately and more fully. The entries are placed in an alphabetical order and cross-referencing is provided for fuller utilization of the matter and also for a better understanding of the subject at hand. Each entry is created in a simple and easy to understand Language summarizing the most important aspects of Creative Research and Writing related to the specific topic. Each article entry ends with significant Bibliography and suggested sources for additional information.
The Encyclopaedia of Buddhism is the first publication to satisfy the need for a vast introductory and a truly international work of reference. The wide range of matter dealt with in these volumes present the panoramic view of the civilization and culture of the Buddhists in its different facets and in different periods of history.
Subodh Kapoor is the chief editor in a leading Indian scholarly publishing house, Cosmo Pulications. He has recently published his much acclaimed and critically appreciated work titled, THE HINDUS, Encyclopaedia of Hinduism. The book is a pioneering work in five large volumes organised alphabetically. It is a store house of information on the Hindus some of which is now available for the first time. He has also compiled and edited another scholarly work titled, Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Hinduism, which has become quite famous in a short period of time. The Dictionary, containing over 13000 terms, is the largest and most comprehensive work of this nature ever.
His another pioneering effort in preparing a compilation of the feminine aspect of the divine in Hinduism is being published shortly, titled SAKTI. The Dictionary of Female in Hindu Mythology.
This, the Buddhists, Encyclopaedia of Buddhism, is his second major encyclopaedia to be published. In his Introduction to the work he has called this book the product of his spiritual journey, to uncover the mystique and mystery of the Oriental religions which are once again drawing immense attention the world over.
Volume I :
2. General Abbreviations and Symbols
3. Abbreviated Titles of Work Reffered
4. List of Romanised Sanskrit Characters and their Pronounciations
5. Note on Names and Technical Terms
6. Historical Introduction
7. Encyclopaedic Entires A-Ch
Volume II. Encyclopaedic Entries Co-In
Volume III. Encyclopaedic Entries In-Na
Volume IV. Encyclopaedic Entries. Na-S
Volume V. Encyclopaedic Entries. T-Z
List of Appendix (Appendices)
1. Geographical Expansion of Theravada Buddhism ( the fourth Bud dhist council).
2. Geographical Expanison of Thervada Buddhism - King Harsha
3. Spread of Buddhism During the reign under Ashoka (Buddhism in the modern empire)
4. Buddhism in South India.
5. Spread of Buddhism in Ancien India (Buddha's ministry during his life time)
6. Fundamentals of Buddhism
7. The Digha Nikaya (the Long Discourses)
8. The Majjhima Nikaya (the Middle Length Discourses)
9. The Samyutta Nikaya (the Grouped Discourses)
10 Map of Ancient India showing the Principle Buddhist localities
11. The Anguttara Nikaya (the further-Factored Discourses).
12. The Khuddaka Nikaya (the Collection of Little Texts)
13. Important Persons in the History of Japanese Buddhism(from 1333 to 1965)
14. Glossary of Buddhists Terms
15. Glossary of Tibetan Buddhistic Terms
16. Timeline of Buddhist History
List of Maps
17. MAPS :
i. Map of Buddhist India
ii. Buddhist map of Tibet and China
iii. Buddhist map of Burma and Thailand
iv. Buddhists map of Sumatra, Indonesia and Java
v. Buddhist map of China
vi. Buddhist map of Japan