By Gregory Schopen
From the Preface "The current quantity offers a vital beginning for a social historical past of Indian Buddhist monasticism. demanding the preferred stereotype that represented the buildup of advantage because the area of the layperson whereas clergymen involved themselves with extra subtle geographical regions of doctrine and meditation, Professor Schopen problematizes many assumptions concerning the lay-monastic contrast by way of demonstrating that clergymen and nuns, either the scholastic elites and the fewer discovered, participated actively in quite a lot of ritual practices and associations that experience heretofore been judged 'popular,' from the buildup and move of advantage; to the care of deceased relatives;.... Taken jointly, the reviews contained during this quantity symbolize the root for a brand new historiography of Buddhism, not just for his or her critique of a few of the idees recues of Buddhist experiences yet for the compelling connections they draw among it appears disparate details." --Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
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It, however, was not only not intended to be exhaustive but is now also some twenty years out of date. For inscriptional remains we have, for the period up to 1910, H. Lüders, A List 0/ Brahmi Inscriptions /rom the Earliest Times to abollt A,D, 400 u'ith the Exception 0/ Those 0/ Afoka. Appendix to EI 10 (Calcutta: 1912). " Both more comprehensive and much more recent is Shizutani Masao, Indo bllkkyä himei mokurokll (Catalog of Indian Buddhist Inscriptions) (Kyoto: 1979), but it too is already dated and contains serious omissions--cf.
Bur the fact that it is so firmly fixed in Buddhist studies, and was operational from the very beginning, and the fact that this is a discipline largely formed-if not fully founded-within the Western intellectual tradition, might weIl suggest that this assumption too is rooted there, and that it might occur elsewhere as weIl. And indeed it does. It is not only found in fact in a variety of similar disciplines, it is much more nakedly expressed in other fields. I cite here only three examples. 10 BONES, STONES, AND BUDDHIST MONKS Charles Thomas, one of the foremost figures in the arehaeology of Early Britain, starts his book entirled The Early Christian Archaeology of North Britain with so me important observations.
Being the 15 th and 16th Sections of the Vinaya of the Mülasarvästivädin, Serie Orientale Roma, L (Roma: 1978). Cited by page and line. StIl Studien zur Indologie und Iranistik Tog The Tog Palace Manuscript of the Tibetan Kanjur, Vols. 1-109 (Leh: 1975-1980). Cited by volume, folio number assigned in the reprint (not by original pagination), and line. TP UCR WZKS ZDMG T'oung Pao University of Ceylon Review Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft CHAPTER I Archaeology and Protestant Presuppositions in the Study of Indian Buddhism THE WAY IN WHICH the hiscory of Indian Buddhism has been scudied by modern scholars is decidedly peculiar.