Buddhist Learning in South Asia

Education, Religion, and Culture at the Ancient Śrī Nālandā Mahāvihāra

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Pintu Kumar
  • New York, NY: 
    Lexington Books
    , May
     338 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Apita Mitra forthcoming.


This interdisciplinary study is the first book to provide a complete survey of Śrī Nālandā Mahāvihāra from the perspective of its educational curricula as well as its religious influence. It provides detailed descriptions of the origin, growth, management, and academic and cultural life of Nālandā, with particular attention to its pedagogy, curriculum, teachers, and students. It also presents an alternative interpretation of nationalist and popular notions about Śrī Nālandā as an international university and proves that it was, at its core, a Buddhist monastery and an institution of Buddhist learning focused on the study and promotion of Buddhism.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Pintu Kumar is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Delhi University.

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