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  1. Figments and Fragments of Mahayana Buddhism in India: More Collected Papers (Studies in the Buddhist Traditions)
    Figments and Fragments of Mahayana Buddhism in India: More Collected Papers (Studies in the Buddhist Traditions)
    Figments and Fragments of Mahayana Buddhism in India: More Collected Papers (Studies in the Buddhist Traditions)
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  2. Figments and Fragments of Mahayana Buddhism in India: More Collected Papers (Studies in the Buddhist Traditions)

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In these articles, Gregory Schopen once again displays the erudition and originality that have contributed to a major shift in the way that Indian Buddhism is perceived, understood, and studied.

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Gregory Schopen
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Practices of Buddhism today quite probably bear little no resemblance to the past. Scriptures are notoriously unreliable, written centuries after the facts described, written with flourish and re-written hundreds of times. Archaeology is the only way to pin scholarship to real history. Dr. Schopen is providing in his books the foundation for research for decades to come - if not longer.
This book is for the scholar, not the interested reader. It may come in handy some day but I was expecting something different.
Having read and enjoyed Gregory Schopen's prior books ("Bones, Stones, and Buddhist Monks" and "Buddhist Monks and Business Matters"), I was pretty sure I'd like this one too, and for the most part I wasn't mistaken. Like its predecessors, "Figments and Fragments" again shows Schopen taking prevalent preconceived notions of Buddhism and re-examining them in the light of actual evidence--epigraphical and archaeological as well as textual--and often modifying them drastically if not downright exploding them. And although this usually results in debunking rarefied idealizations of Buddhism and in making some prior scholars look overly careless, this seems less Schopen's primary motivation than a genuine concern at unearthing and reconstructing what real live Buddhists actually thought and did religiously in India. And as usual he does all this with a certain wit, soft sarcasm, and sense of humor unusual and refreshing in scholarly studies of this level.

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