The Buddhist world, where one finds such an incredible variety of experience, stretches from the Southern Asian countries of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to the Southeast Asian lands of Myanmar, Siam, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, then north west to China, Japan and Korea and finally over Tibet and Central Asia. In some of these countries, Buddhism was once a powerful force, but long ago declined, in others it has continued for centuries as a way of faith and life that pervades the total culture.
Many books have been published on this topic. Some deal with the life of Buddha; others with Buddhism as a religion or Buddhist sites of pilgrimage, Buddhism in different countries or Buddhism at present. There is no one book which could enlighten an ordinary man with the principles and the way of life in Buddhism.
Beginning from the royal life of the Buddha, this book traces his life meditation and his activities till his death, his sermons, tours and places he honoured with his visit. Buddhism and its sects, as a religion, its royal patronage, communication and spread to Asian countries have been described which are of interest to devotees and tourists. Buddhism, its principles, noble truths, doctrines and the way of life have been fully described. Places and sites which Buddha visited and sites for pilgrimage with details of interest to the tourists have been dealt with great details.
This book is a comprehensive one on Buddha, Buddhism and Buddhist interests, is a guide for those coming from different countries as tourists.
This book shall be of interest to theologists, archaeologists, tourist guides, tourists and tourism departments, art students and to knowledge seeking public.