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Best book about history of Buddhism?

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:19 pm
by khemindas
Just curious is there any really informative book about history of Buddhism in english, which is not only teach basic knowledge, but take all countries. For example I didn't find any book about Buddhist history, which covers together, history of Buddhism in Maldives, Iran, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Buryatia, Kalmykia and Tuva (in Russia), Malaysia, North Korea, China, Sri lanka, Korea, India, Thailand, Pakistan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Afganistan, Japan, Laos, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Mongolia, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Kazahstan, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Phillipines, Turkmenistan e.t.c. in one book. Is there such a huge and informative book about history of Buddhism?

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:35 pm
by Volo
Encyclopedia of Buddhism, by Buswell has some informative entries.

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:51 pm
by khemindas
Volo wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:35 pm
Encyclopedia of Buddhism, by Buswell has some informative entries.
Very few information there, even The Buddhist Religion: A Historical Introduction - Richard H. Robinson and An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices - Peter Harvey . Have much more informaton.

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:19 pm
by Volo
I've read it long time ago, when I knew quite little about buddhism. At that time it felt as quite comprehensive.

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:10 pm
by Idappaccayata
History of Indian Buddhism. (Publications de l'Institut Orientaliste de Louvain)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/906831100X/re ... tDbZZ179ZC


It's available for free online as well. I believe it's on the handful of leaves website.

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:20 pm
by Aloka
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An Introduction to Buddhism : Teachings, History and Practices (Second edition) by Peter Harvey.

https://toleratedindividuality.files.wo ... tices.pdf


:anjali:

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:52 pm
by Caodemarte
A Concise History of Buddhism
By Andrew Skilton Is quite nice.

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:59 pm
by robertk
Mahavamsa , dipavamsa and Culavamsa.

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:33 pm
by Mkoll
Rupert Gethin's The Foundations of Buddhism gives a good overview of Buddhism in general. It doesn't have Buddhist histories of all the countries you listed though; I don't think such a book exists.

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:51 am
by Caodemarte
There is no real history of Buddhism in North Korea, one of the countries mentioned, because Buddhism ceases to openly and legally exist after the establishment of the DPRK. The “monks” and lay people sometimes trotted out for visitors are transparent fakes. However, the history of Korean Buddhism until this date and South Korea is covered by both general books on East Asian Buddhism and more specialized books on Korean Buddhism. Admittedly, it is under researched.