The Great Buddhist Emperors of Asia

by Shibani Dutta | 2018 | 86,618 words

This study deals with the patronage of Buddhism in Asia by the ruling powers and nobility. It further discusses in detail the development of Buddhism under the patronage of the royal dynasties in the religious history of Asia right from the time of 3rd century B.C. (i.e., the reign of Ashoka) to the reign of Kublai Khan in 13th century A.C....

Preface

The object of this thesis paper is to present, as far as practicable, an account of the patronage of Buddhism in Asia by the ruling powers and nobility. It is a sincere attempt to give in detail a clear picture of Buddhism under the patronage of the kings of Asia. While discussing the roles of those great political personalities, we cannot overlook the political conditions of their times. But we have focused on the development of Buddhism under the patronage of the royal dynasties in the religious history of Asia right from the time of 3rd century B.C., i.e., the reign of Ashoka to the reign of Kublai Khan in 13th century A.C.

Now I must express my hearty gratitude to my joint-supervisor Prof. DR. Bela Bhattacharya, Professor of the department of Pali, University of Calcutta. She not only provided me with all facilities in various ways, but also guided me at every step with attention while writing the thesis.

I am grateful to my respected teacher and supervisor Prof. DR. Aiswarya Biswas, Professor of the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Calcutta, Kolkata. In every step, she not only helped me with all facilities but also played a big role for correcting the thesis.

I also express my sincere gratitude towards my all respected teachers. Prof. Manikuntala Halder, DR. Saswati Mutsuddi, DR. Jayanti Chatterjee, DR. Subhra Barua and DR. Sumana Pal Bhikkhu of the Department of Pali for their constant encouragement and help. Of course my co-researchers and friends are also.

I am also grateful to Professor Sukomal Choudhury, former Principal Govt. Sanskrit College, Late Prof. Manabendu Banerjee, Ex-General Secretary, Asiatic Society, Prof. Santi Banerjee and DR. Sadhan Chandra Sarkar, Ex-officer-in-charge and Head of the Dept. of Pali, Sanskrit College, Kolkata. I am also grateful to my father DR. Bishnupada Dutta, former Council Member, Asiatic Society and my mother Mrs. Katu Dutta who helps me in various ways. I am thankful to Swapnasambhav Chaudhuri, Dr. Prasanta Banerji, renowned Homeopathist and all my friends. I am thankful to the authorities of the Central Library, Calcutta University, National Library, Asiatic Society Library, Mahabodhi Society Library and Sanskrit Sahitya Parishat Library and other educational organizations for giving me permission to consult concerned books and periodicals.

Kolkata;
SHIBANI DUTTA

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