Commentary and Anthology in Buddhist India

Paul J. Griffiths

in Religious Reading

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780195125771
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853335 | DOI:
Commentary and Anthology in Buddhist India

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This chapter discusses commentary and anthology in Buddhist India. Topics covered include Buddhist literature in India during the first millennium, teaching and learning literary works, and tools for writing. A brief examination of four Indian Buddhist works, coupled with what is known about the material culture of books and bookmaking in India during the classical period, strongly support the conclusion that writing was not then of much importance for the composition and display of literary works, and that while many works were stored in writing, this was done for reasons that had little or nothing to do with their redisplay.

Keywords: Indian Buddhists; Buddhist India; commentary; anthology; writing; reading; India; bookmaking

Chapter.  22110 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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