Recommended History Readings

A forum for those wishing to discuss Buddhist history and teachings in the Western academic manner, referencing appropriate sources.
User avatar
Indrajala
Posts: 6312
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:19 pm
Location: Netherlands
Contact:

Recommended History Readings

Postby Indrajala » Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:51 am

tad etat sarvajñānaṃ karuṇāmūlaṃ bodhicittahetukam upāyaparyavasānam iti |

Sherlock
Posts: 1202
Joined: Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:14 pm

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby Sherlock » Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:51 pm

Geoffrey Samuel's The Origins of Yoga and Tantra is very interesting from what I've read on Google Books too. He treats both the early growth of renunciate traditions such as Buddhism and Jainism as well as the later developments of yoga and tantra.

Michael_Dorfman
Posts: 51
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:09 pm

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby Michael_Dorfman » Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:04 pm

Thomas McEvilley's The Shape of Ancient Thought does a wonderful job of laying out the interactions between Ancient Indian and Greek thought.

Yudron
Posts: 1087
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:55 pm
Location: Sunny California
Contact:

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby Yudron » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:15 pm

Author of Buddhist young adult fiction. Vlogger at Wisdom and Compassion: Grandma Yudron's Totally Chill Vlog on Meditation and Tibetan Wisdom Blogger at Very active on Twitter.

User avatar
viniketa
Posts: 820
Joined: Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:39 am
Location: USA

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby viniketa » Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:49 pm

Brought-up by jeeprs on another thread, but worthy of inclusion here:

T R V Murti's .
. ~

User avatar
Indrajala
Posts: 6312
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:19 pm
Location: Netherlands
Contact:

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby Indrajala » Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:56 pm

tad etat sarvajñānaṃ karuṇāmūlaṃ bodhicittahetukam upāyaparyavasānam iti |

Sherlock
Posts: 1202
Joined: Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:14 pm

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby Sherlock » Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:22 pm


JKhedrup
Posts: 2327
Joined: Wed May 30, 2012 8:28 am

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby JKhedrup » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:06 pm


User avatar
viniketa
Posts: 820
Joined: Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:39 am
Location: USA

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby viniketa » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:49 pm

. ~

kirti
Posts: 3
Joined: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:39 pm

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby kirti » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:47 pm

Some important reading by Dr. Ambedkar who embraced with millions of Buddhist in India- These readings are published by Government of India and some by Columbia University

“An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering.”
Bhimrao Ambedkar (1891–1956) Founding Father, modern India MA 1915, PhD 1927 LLD 1952 (hon.)
Ambedkar was a leader in the struggle for Indian independence, the architect of the new nation's constitution, and the champion of civil rights for the 60 million members of the "untouchable" caste, to which he belonged. He spoke and wrote ceaselessly on behalf of "untouchables," but his passion for justice was broad: in 1950 he resigned from his position as the country's first minister of law when Nehru's cabinet refused to pass the Women's Rights Bill. Ambedkar was committed to maintaining his independence, and many of the positions he staked out in a long and complex relationship with Gandhi—on the future of Hinduism, for example—remain central to debate within Indian society.
Ambedkar received a scholarship to Columbia from the Maharajah of Baroda. He earned his MA in 1915 and then obtained a DSc at the London School of Economics before being awarded his Columbia PhD in 1927. In 1952, Columbia presented him with an honorary doctorate for his service as "a great social reformer and a valiant upholder of human rights." In 1995, a bronze bust of Ambedkar was donated to Lehman Library by the Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organizations of the United Kingdom.
At Columbia, Ambedkar studied under John Dewey, who inspired many of his ideas about equality and social justice. Ambedkar later recounted that at Columbia he experienced social equality for the first time. "The best friends I have had in my life," he told the New York Times in 1930, "were some of my classmates at Columbia and my great professors, John Dewey, James Shotwell, Edwin Seligman, and James Harvey Robinson."

Decline and fall of Buddhism in India
http://www.ambedkar.org/ambcd/19A.Revol ... RT%20I.htm
http://www.ambedkar.org/ambcd/19B.Revol ... T%20II.htm

Buddha and his dhamma
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/prit ... index.html

Annihilation of Caste
http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/prit ... 0ambedkar/

Buddha or Marx
http://www.ambedkar.org/ambcd/20.Buddha ... 20Marx.htm

Riddles
http://www.ambedkar.org/riddleinhinduis ... RT%20I.htm

User avatar
tobes
Posts: 1140
Joined: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:02 am

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby tobes » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:54 am


User avatar
BrianG
Posts: 441
Joined: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:59 pm

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby BrianG » Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:09 am

Telepaths - I like to kill them

tingdzin
Posts: 884
Joined: Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:19 am

Re: Recommended History Readings

Postby tingdzin » Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:47 am

A caveat: Davidson's book is kind of controversial. He clearly has some axes to grind.


Return to “Academic Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests