An introduction to the history of Buddhism which explains the development of the religion's basic concepts over 2500 years, and describes Buddhism's diverse manifestations in its homeland, India, and its spread across Asia, from Mongolia to Sri Lanka, and from Japan to the Middle East.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Born in 1957 in Croydon, Surrey, Andrew Skilton began to develop an interest in Buddhism for a number of years before being ordained in 1979.
Increasingly drawn to the study of Buddhist doctrine and history, he studied for his first degree in Theology and Religious Studies, which he was awarded in 1988, at the University of Bristol. Having begun a study of the Sanskrit and Pali languages there, he moved to Oxford in 1991 where he completed his doctoral thesis on the Samadhiraja Sutra.
His other publications include a translation and study of Santideva's 'Bodhicaryavatara' (co-author Kate Crosby) and 'How the Nagas Were Pleased', a translation of the Buddhist drama, the Nagananda. He has taught at a number of universities, including Cardiff and McGill, and is currently a research fellow at King's College London. He edits the journal Contemporary Buddhism. He is writing an introduction to the study of Pali language.