By Hirakawa Akira, Paul Groner
This finished and distinctive survey of the 1st six centuries of Indian Buddhism sums up the result of a life of study and mirrored image by way of one in all Japan's most famed students of Buddhism. counting on Pali and Sanskrit assets and on inscriptions from archaeological websites and chinese language translations of Indian texts, Hirakawa balances his assessment of early Buddhist doctrinal improvement with large dialogue of historic history and the evolution of Buddhist associations. The inclusion of jap and Western language bibliographies including an in depth bibliographic essay by way of the translator should still make this quantity in particular beneficial as an creation to a wide corpus of eastern scholarship on Buddhism that is nonetheless now not well known within the West.
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It has been this way for centuries. ” 16 Fabulous Weddings Biriyani is almost always served at Indian weddings. Among well-to-do families, weddings can be quite lavish. Some weddings involve hundreds of guests and Honored Guests (c) 2011 Kidhaven Press. All Rights Reserved. 45 This Indian wedding ceremony will be followed by a lavish feast sure to include a large assortment of sweets. many multiple-course banquets. Depending on the couple’s religion, the menu may be vegetarian, or it may include lamb, meat, fish, and chicken dishes.
Sharing Sweets Sweets are also shared during festivals and holidays. For example, giving sweets to visitors is an important part of Diwali (Dee-wah-lee), the five-day Hindu festival of lights. Diwali is a happy occasion marked by fireworks, brightly lit lanterns, and sweet treats. Many of these treats feature coconut, which Hindu myths say is a favorite food of the gods. Sharing coconut treats with guests lets them know that they are held Coconut Honored Guests (c) 2011 Kidhaven Press. All Rights Reserved.