If you are in Athens Greece (or nearby) you are invited to attend the launch of the book on October 6, 2016. Introduction by Dr Potitsa Grigoratou-Parnassos, Professor at People's University of Athens, specialist in the Graeco-Buddhist art of Gandhara. Speech with slide presentation by Dr Demetrios Vassiliades, Indologist and Director of the Athens Center for Indian and Indo-Greek Studies. All are welcome.
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This book examines the inter-cultural contacts that took place between Greeks and Buddhism over the course of approximately two thousand and five hundred years and played an extremely prominent and dynamic role in consolidation of the ecumenical spirit in the Buddhist and European thought.
It is based on the author’s previous essays, enriched and expanded with recent data derived from historical records, popular beliefs and traveling impressions. It includes the early historical contacts from the time of the Buddha up to the rise of the Graeco-Buddhist art, the impact of Buddhism on the Hellenistic Middle East and the formation of the Christian monasticism, and the works of Lafcadio Hearn, Marco Pallis and Nikos Kazantzakis who made the Japanese, the Tibetan-Indian and the Chinese Buddhism known to the Western world.
Its objective is to highlight the way the ecumenical religions of Buddhism and Christianity were formed upon drawing timeless values from the rich Greek and Indian traditions. On this basis, we hope that the book will be a useful instrument to scholars and students of the world religion and civilization.
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