Buddhist Monks and Monasteries of India: Their History and Their Contribution to Indian Culture

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CONTENTS
PREFACE page 9
NOTES ON THE TEXT15
INTRODUCTION19
PART I: THE PRIMITIVE SAṄGHA (500-300 BC) Origin, Development and Organization
1. 'Wandering Almsmen' in the Upaniṣads35
2. The BHIKKHU-SAṄGHA as a Sect among the Wanderers45
3. From Wandering to Settled Life53
4. Early Monk-settlements--ĀVĀSAS and ĀRĀMAS58
5. Saṅgha Life and its Organization in Early Settlements66
6. The Rise of Monasteries (LEṆAS)92
PART II: THE ASOKA-SĀTAVĀHANA AGE (250 BC-AD 100) AND ITS LEGACY
1. Monks of the 'Eastern Tract'101
2. Asoka and Moggaliputta Tissa107
3. Early Buddhist Culture and its Trans-Vindhyan Expansion118
4. An Aftermath of Sātavāhana Culture-- NĀGĀRJUNAKOṆḌA126
5. Cave-Monasteries (LEṆAS) of Western India138
6. The BĀGH CAVES162
PART III: IN THE GUPTA AGE (AD 300-550) AND AFTER
1. Saṅgha Life in Transition169
2. The VINAYA : its After-history171
3. BHAKTI in Later Buddhism179
4. Monasteries under the Gupta Kings195
5. The Devastation206
6. Survey of Monastic Remains of Northern India211
7. The Maitraka Monasteries of Valabhī224

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