Introduction by Prof. S.R. Bhatt; 23 cm. (Facets of Buddhist Thought and Culture 3)
Early Buddhism though propagated in different provincial dialects could not be appreciated by the common-folk in general. The insistence on retirement from wordly life was a great handicap in the way of its popularity; so during the first century of its existence, it remained confined to the recluses and monasteries, and hardly reached the home and the hearth.