The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra

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“There is no doubt that this work will serve as a terrific guidebook especially for those who are interested in Buddhist philology. Therefore, it would not be surprising to find this book added to the curricula of many Buddhist studies programs as well as in the bookshelves of Buddhist scholars around the world.”—International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture


An Introduction with Selected Translations

Richard Salomon

In the years following Alexander the Great’s conquest of the East, a series of empires rose up along the Silk Road. In what is now northern Pakistan, the civilizations in the region called Gandhāra became increasingly important centers for the development of Buddhism, reaching their apex under King Kaniska of the Kusanas in the second century CE. Gandhāra has long been known for its Greek-Indian synthesis in architecture and statuary, but until about twenty years ago, almost nothing was known about its literature. The insights provided by manuscripts unearthed over the last few decades show that Gandhāra was indeed a vital link in the early development of Buddhism, instrumental in both the transmission of Buddhism to China and the rise of the Mahāyāna tradition. The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra surveys what we know about Gandhāra and its Buddhism, and it also provides translations of a dozen different short texts, from similes and stories to treatises on time and reality.

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  • Paperback
  • 488 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $29.95
  • ISBN 9781614291688
  • ebook
  • 488 pages
  • $17.99
  • ISBN 9781614291855
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The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra

Professor Richard G. Salomon of the University of Washington is a leading figure in the field of early Buddhist studies. He directs the Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project and is general editor of the Gandharan Buddhist Texts series published by the University of Washington Press. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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