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Alf Hiltebeitel


This book proposes a fresh take on the ancient Indian concept dharma. It offers insights into the innovative character of both Hindu and Buddhist usages of the concept. The book explores how the Buddhist canon brought out different meanings of dharma. This is followed by an exposition of the hypothesis that most, if not all, of the Hindu law books flowered after the third-century BC emperor Asoka, a Buddhist, made dharma the guiding principle of an entire realm and culture. The book shows how their narratives amplified the new Brahmanical norms and brought out the ethical dilemmas and spiritua ... More

Keywords: dharma, Hinduism, Buddhism, salvation, devotion, Buddha, globalization, modern India, spiritual values

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834661
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834661.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alf Hiltebeitel, author
George Washington University