Tracing Thoughts through Things

The Oldest Pali Texts and the Early Buddhist Archaeology of India and Burma Seventh Gonda lecture

Stargardt, J.

2000 | 60 pages | ISBN 90-6984-304-8 | free

Archaeological finds in North and South India and Burma offer valuable insights in the time and place where the Buddhist realm of thought developed. In this book the author focuses on a gold leaf manuscript and a silver reliquary containing texts in Pali dating from the fifth and sixth century A.D., which were found in a reliquary chamber of a Stupa in Sriksetra (Burma). The question of the spread of an old religious tradition such as Buddhism in a non-Indian society as is Burma will be addressed as well.