“Little Vehicle to Great Vehicle”: Ancient Rajasthan into Buddhist Culture

Vibha Upadhyaya

Abstract


The present work attempts at a reconstruction of the development of Buddhism in Rajasthan with its geographical, chronological perspective and also with reference to the philosophical development of the Buddhist faith. It traces the gradual transition of the primitive Bhikkhu Sangha from a wandering sect to tantric Buddhism. Excavations at different placesin Rajasthan yield different types of antiquities which have been associated with definite Buddhist faith in ancient Rajasthan. Mainly archaeological, epigraphical and scriptural sources are used to trace the transition from
‘early Buddhism’ (Theravada) to the ‘Great vehicle’ (Mah􀆘yan􀆘).


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