Analytical Study of Four Nikayas, 2nd Edition

By Dipak Kumar Barua
May 2003
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
ISBN: 81-215-1067-8
638 pages, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"
$67.50 Hardcover

The first four Nikaya-texts are of inestimable value since they provide important source materials to study the religious/cultural history of the contemporary period. From the sociological point of view too they are of utmost significance, because they vividly present the daily life of the people of ancient India. Hence the importance of the Nikayas can neither be gainsaid nor exaggerated. In fact, this work contains an outline study of the four Nikayas, which belong to the Theravada Pali Canon, on some select aspects in five chapters and three appendices treating of the age of the Nikayas, comparative study between the Sanskrit/Chinese Agamas and Pali Nikayas, their language, Buddha's discourses to the laity, teachings of Early Buddhism under the threefold division of Sila, Samadhi and Panna, discussions on administrative, social and economic conditions of ancient India, Historical and geographical materials found in the Nikayas, mutual relations of the treatment of similies in the Suttas of those Nikayas. In the present work, on the whole, an attempt has been made to introduce the first four Nikaya texts in their entirety.


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