SKETCH OF A HISTORY OF BUDDHISM BASED ON
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CRITICISM OF THE TEXTS
Translated from the French
by ALEXANDER W. MACDONALD
1998, xxix+354 pp., col. and
b&w plates, index ISBN: 81-207-1784-8, Rs. 700 (HB)
The work presents a
profound and far-reaching analysis of the ideas, religious aspirations
and building techniques which contributed to the creation of one of
the largest Buddhist edifices in the world. This book is not a history
of the famous Javanese monument nor is it a history of Buddhism. It is
the English translation of the foreword to a work - loosely focused on
the Barabuḍur - which was published in Hanoi in French (1935).
Besides, it is a survey of the Buddhist religious and philosophical
concepts in the background of earlier religious and metaphysical
traditions in India, as revealed in the Vedic and Upaniṣadic texts.