Publisher description for The social dimensions of early Buddhism / Uma Chakravarti.

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Investigating the relationship between early Buddhism and the society in which it developed, this study analyzes aspects of the social, political, religious, and economic environment of the Buddha's era, including the Buddhist system of stratification; the social origins of the bhikkhus and
the upasakas; the role of power; the category of gahapati; and the Buddhist concept of the ideal socio-political system.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Buddhism -- History -- To ca. 100 A.D.
Buddhism -- Social aspects -- India.
India -- History -- To 324 B.C.