Please allow me to share the publication of my book, Buddhist Learning in South Asia: Education, Religion, and Culture at the Ancient Śrī Nālandā Mahāvihāra. This interdisciplinary study is the first book to study ancient Indian Buddhism from an educational perspective. The book attempts to present Buddhism not only as a religion but also as a source of the diffusion of knowledge. It provides a complete survey of the Śrī Nālandā Mahāvihāra from the perspective of its educational curricula as well as its religious influence. It provides detailed descriptions of the origin, growth, management, and academic and cultural life of Nālandā, with particular attention to its pedagogy, curriculum, teachers, and students. It also presents an alternative interpretation of nationalist and popular notions about Śrī Nālandā as an international university and proves that it was, at its core, a Buddhist monastery and an institution of Buddhist learning focused on the study and promotion of Buddhism.
Some of you may be interested in this book, which is detailed are below with links followed by its table of contents:
Pintu Kumar: Buddhist Learning in South Asia: Education, Religion, and Culture at the Ancient Śrī Nālandā Mahāvihāra, Lexington Books, 324 pages, 978-1-4985-5492-3
Table of contents:
1 Origin, Growth, and Decay of Śrī Nālandā Māhavihāra 1
2 Śrī Nālandā Mahāvihāra in Travelogues and Archaeology 59
3 Pre-Nālandā/Brāhmaṇical Education: Gurukulas 101
4 Śrī Nālandā Mahāvihāra: An Institution of Religious Learning 125
5 Śrī Nālandā and Buddhist Learning 159
6 Śrī Nālandā’s Monastic Organization and Religion 193
7 Life, Ritual, and Influences 237
Thank you so much.
Pintu Kumar, Assistant Professor of History, MLNCE, Delhi University
Fulbright Nehru Visiting Scholar 2015-17, University of Virginia, USA