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Hinduism and Buddhism: An Historical Sketch (In Three Volumes)

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Item Code: IDE738
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Author: Sir Charles Eliot
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 9788121510936
Pages: 1300
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.75" X 5.75"
Weight 1.90 kg
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First Published in 1921, when the author was the British Ambassador in Tokyo, Hinduism and Buddhism provides a vivid historical sketch of the Hindu and Buddhist religions, an immense subject.

In his introduction Sir Charles Eliot points to the real foundation of Indian thought: 'Here more than in any other country the national mind finds its favorite occupation and full expression in religion. This quality is geographical rather than racial, for it is possessed by Dravidians as much as by Aryans. From the raja to the peasant most Hindus have an interest in theology and often a passion for it. Few works of art or literature are purely secular: the intellectual and aesthetic efforts of India, long, continuous and distinguished as they are almost all the expression of some religious phase.'

The reissue of this eminent book is an important event which will be welcomed by all who are concerned with Hindu and Buddhist religion and thought.





1. Influence of Indian Thought in Eastern Asia xi
2. Origin and Growth of Hinduism xiv
3. The Buddha xix
4. Asoka xxii
5. Extension of Buddhism and Hinduism Beyond India xxiv
6. New Forms of Buddhism xxix
7. Revival of Hinduism xxxiii
8. Later Forms of Hinduism xl
9. European Influence and Modern Hinduism xlvi
10. Change and Permanence in Buddhism xlviii
11. Rebirth and the Nature of the soul l
12. Rebirth and the Nature of the soul lviii
13. Rebirth and the Nature of the soul lxii
14. Eastern Pessimism and Renunciation lxv
15. Eastern Polytheism lxviii
16. The Extravagance of Hinduism lxx
17. The Hindu and Buddhist Scriptures lxxii
18. Morality and Will lxxvi
19. The Origin of Evil lxxix
20. Church and State lxxxi
21. Public Worship and Ceremonial lxxxiv
22. The Worship of the Reproductive Forces lxxxvi
23. Hinduism in Practice lxxxviii
24. Buddhism in Practice xcii
25. Interest of Indian Thought for Europe xcv
I. Religions of India and Eastern Asia 5
II. Historical 15
III. General Characteristics of Indian Religion 33
IV. Vedic Deities and Sacrifices 50
V. Asceticism and Knowledge 71
VI. Religious Life in Pre-Buddhist India 87
VII. The Jains 105
VIII. Life of the Buddha 129
IX. The Buddha Compared with Other Religious Teachers 177
X. The Teaching of the Buddha 185
XI. Monks and Laymen 237
XII. Asoka 254
XIII. The Canon 275
XIV. Meditation 302
XV. Mythology in Hinduism and Buddhism 325


XVI. Main Features of the Mahayana 3
XVII. Bodhisattvas 7
XVIII. The Buddhas of Mahayanism 26
XIX. Mahayanist Metaphysics 36
XX. Mahayanist Scriptures 47
XXI. Chronology of the Mahayana 63
XXII. From Kanishka to Vasubandhu 76
XXIII. Indian Buddhism as seen by the Chinese Pilgrims 90
XXIV. Decadence of Buddhism in India 107
XXV. Siva and Vishnu 136
XXVI. Features of Hinduism: Ritual, Caste, Sect, Faith 166
XXVII. The Evolution of Hinduism. Bhagavatas and Pasupatas 186
XXVIII. Sankara. Sivaism in Southern India. Kashmir Lingayats 206
XXIX. Vishnuism in South India 228
XXX. Later Vishnuism in North India 242
XXXI. Amalgamation of Hinduism and Islam. Kabir and the Sikhs 262
XXXII. Saktism 274
XXXIII. Hindu Philosophy 291


XXXIV. Expansion of Indian Influence 3
XXXV. Ceylon 11
XXXVI. Burma 46
XXXVII. Siam 78
XXXVIII. Camboja 100
XXXIX. Champa 137
XL. Java and the Malay Archipelago 151
XLI. Central Asia 188
XLII. China. Introductory 223
XLIII. China (Continued). History 244
XLIV. China (Continued). The Canon 281
XLV. China (Continued). Schools of Chinese Buddhism 303
XLVI. China (Continued) Chinese Buddhism at the Present Day 321
XLVII. Korea 336
XLVIII. Annam 340
XLIX. Tibet. Introductory 345
L. Tibet (continued). History 347
LI. Tibet (continued). The Canon 372
LII. Tibet (continued) Doctrines of Lamaism 382
LIII. Tibet (continued) Sects 397
LIV. Japan 402
LV. Influence of Christianity in India 409
LVI. Indian Influence in the Western World 429
LVII. Persian Influence in India 449
LVIII. Mohammedanism in India 455
  Index 463


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