xxxiii, 387p., Bib., 23 cm. (Bibliotheca Indo-Buddhica Series No. 139) (First pub. in 1993, USA)
CONTENTS:- I. Historical Development. II. Texts in Translation and Textual Studies. III. Religious Thoughts. IV. Practices, Rituals, and Popular Beliefs. V. Soteriology: Methods and Goals. VI. Bibliography, Ideal Types, and Mythology. VII. Sacred Places. VIII. The Social Order. IX. The Arts.
With a history spanning more than two and a half millennia and the over 300 million adherents worldwide, Buddhism is one of humankind's most interesting and populous religions. While a historical dictionary of Buddhism must consider the various periods, events individuals, circumstances, texts, and concepts from which the history of Buddhism takes its shape, it must also consider the sacred sites in Buddhist geography, the festivals, rites, and rituals that configure Buddhist religious practice, the manifestation of Buddhist religiosity as witnessed in biography, art, and mythology, and the soteriological methods employed by Buddhists throughout their history.