Volume I surveys Buddhist literatures, scriptural and nscriptural, and offers discussions of the languages of Buddhist traditions and the physical bases (manuscripts, epigraphy, etc.) available for the study of Buddhist literatures. Subsequent volumes will address issues of personages, communities, history, life and practice, doctrine, space and time, and Buddhism in the modern world.
Jonathan Silk is professor in the study of Buddhism at Leiden University. His research centers on the scriptural literature of Indian Buddhism. Vincent Eltschinger has been a research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2003. His research focuses on the genealogy and the religious background of late Indian Buddhist philosophy. Among his numerous publications, mention can be made of Buddhist Epistemology as Apologetics (Vienna, 2014) and a series of articles dedicated to the sources and polemical targets of Asvaghosa. Oskar von Hinuber is professor emeritus at the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg and ordinary member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, foreign ordinary member (Associe etranger) of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris, and corresponding member of the Osterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna. He has mainly published in the fields of ancient Indian cultural history, historical grammar and literature of Middle Indo-Aryan languages, the Buddhist manuscript tradition, and epigraphy.
Date of Publication
Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 2 South Asia