Evolution of Buddhism: In The Light of Materialism In India

Evolution of Buddhism: In The Light of Materialism In India

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Book Specification

Item Code: UAL135
Author: Deepak Ranjan
Language: English
Edition: 2014
ISBN: 9789380550480
Pages: 138
Other Details 8.60 X 5.60 inch
Weight 460 gm

Book Description

The emergence of Buddhism and its expansion in sixth century BCE is not just accidental. Development of the then social necessity in terms of production, economy. politics, culture and thought prepared the favorable condition for the emergence of Buddha and its approach of life.

Emergence of State, use of iron with resultant increase in production and second urbanization in Indian history was the material condition that has given birth to Buddhism. Social order of six century BCE in ancient India was dominated by all forms of Brahaminical oppression. Relations of production demanded for a new social order that could favor the advancement in production. Caste, gender exploitation, and religious orthodoxy were obstacles in further development of society. The new merchant class emerged, was searching for favorable condition to flourish trade and business. They needed a philosophical atmosphere that is conducive to their advancement. Oppressed castes were also in need of ideological support to fight the then Brahaminical oppression.

Buddha's ideology and practices revolutionized the whole society. The position of human being is determined by his deeds and not by birth, was the principle rule advocated by Buddhism.

Emergence of Buddhism was the most curious question among many modern historians. Buddhism has attracted the attention of most of the historians.

I myself was astonished by Buddhism and its clarity of thought. Its logic certainly inspired me to know more about it. My M. Phil dissertation was on the Material milieus up to the sixth century BCE and emergence of Buddhism in India", related to the same subject. I have edited and make appropriate changes in it. I hope my efforts in this direction would be somewhat helpful to reveal the subject matter.

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