Above: A Buddhist monk stands next to the highly polished surface of a wall in the Sudama Cave, one of the Barabar Hill Caves in Jehanabad district, Bihar, India. These caves are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India, dating from the period of the Maurya Empire (322-185 BCE), and were used by the ascetic adherents of the Ajivika sect founded by Makkhali Gosala, a contemporary of Gautama Buddha. Image source: Wikimedia Commons. Creator: Anandajoti Bhikkhu. License: CC Attribution 2.0 Generic. Image has been cropped and incorporated as part of larger design. Information source: Wikipedia.
Welcome to the UB research guide for Buddhism. On the pages of this guide, you will find a complete overview of the most authoritative scholarly resources on the life of the Buddha and the origins, history, ideas, beliefs, and practices of Buddhism, as well as a selection of links to further digital resources. The scholarship included in this guide focuses on work on Buddhism in English from the past 50 years, and spans multiple scholarly disciplines: from history, religion, and psychology to philology, philosophy, and anthropology. This site aims to unlock the incalculable riches of Buddhist thought and culture for all readers and researchers.
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