Offering perspectives from a distinguished group of international scholars, this book provides a multidisciplinary inquiry into the various forms of Buddhism that thrived during the early centuries of the common era in the Krishna River Valley areas of what is now the modern state of Andhra Pradesh in India. The contributors explore not only the factors that led to the rise of Buddhist communities, but also the significance of these early Buddhist communities in the unfolding of the greater history of Buddhism throughout the Asian world.
Sree Padma Holt is Administrative Director of the ISLE Program at Bowdoin College. She is the author of Costume, Coiffure, and Ornaments in the Temple Sculpture of Northern Andhra. A. W. Barber is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Calgary. He is the editor of Tibetan Tripitaka, Taipei Edition.
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Table of ContentsIllustrations Acknowledgments A Note on Transliteration
Introduction Sree Padma and A. W. Barber
1. Material Culture and the Emergence of Urban Buddhism in Andhra Sree Padma
2. Of Tempted Arhats and Supermundane Buddhas: Abhidharma in the Krishna Region Bart Dessein
3. Amaravati As Lens: Envisioning Buddhism in the Ruins of the Great Stūpa Jacob N. Kinnard
4. Buddhism in Andhra and Its Influence on Buddhism in Sri Lanka Sree Padma and John Clifford Holt
5. Candrakīrti on the Medieval Military Culture of South India Karen C. Lang
6. Two Mahāyanā Developments Along the Krishna River A. W. Barber
7. Dhanyakataka Revisited: Buddhist Politics in Post-Buddhist Andhra Jonathan S. Walters
Sanskrit Place Names Biographies of Contributors Index