History, Society & Cults 

Strategic studies in Buddhism

unless otherwise stated titles here are by Piya Tan




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  • CHARISMA IN BUDDHISM: A study of the work of Father Sumangalo, Ananda Mangala Mahanayaka Thera & Dr Wong Phui Weng in Malaysia and Singapore & Phra Ajahn Yantra Amaro (1992h). Download pdf
  • A HISTORY OF BUDDHISM: A strategic study (c2005)

This is not a conventional history of Buddhism, for which you are recommended to read the following:

Hirakawa, Akira. A History of Indian Buddhism: From Sakyamuni to Early Mahayana. Tr. from the Japanese by Paul Groner, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.

Reat, Noble Ross. Buddhism: A History, Fremont, CA: Jain Publishing Company, 1994.

Piya Tan's "History of Buddhism" is a study in Buddhist strategic history, that is, what we can learn from the successes and failures of our past, especially in connection with how Buddhism grew, spread, establishes itself, and declines in various regions, and how it is rejuvenating today. Its approach is a mild blend of social and psychological analyses with a missiological inspiration.

Please note that some of these files are HUGE, so they may take time to download. If you have problems here, please contact Piya at dharmafarer@gmail.com so that it can be rectified.


The Buddha in Islamic history.  Depictions of Buddha Sakyamuni in the Jami' al-Tavarikh and the Majma' al-Tavarikh (Sheila R Canby, Muqarnas 10, 1993:299-310).


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