A Brief History of Buddhist Studies in Europe and America by J. W. de Jong

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Oldenberg disco'veredin the older Upani­ sads ideas which are closely related to Buddhist ideas. Qgoting BAU IV. -tr. Edger­ ton, The Beginnings ofI�dian Philosophy, 1965, p. 2. Auflage, 1890, p. 53). Special atten­ tion was paid by Oldenberg to the Kil\haka-Upani�ad, in which text, pre-bud­ dhist according to him, the Buddhist Satan Mara figures in the form of mrtyu 'Deaili'. Oldenberg believed that the Buddhists had probably not known the brahmanical texts but, nevertheless, he did not hesitate to state that Buddhism 'had not only inherited from Brahmanism many of its important dogmas but also ilie mood of religious thought ane!

57-184. 60 Pour Phistoirc du Ramiiyal)a, jA, 1918, r, pp. 5-161. 6 1 'lA, 1925, I, pp. 36-40. J�litikir del Kumara/iita, Leipzig, 1926. , 1927, II, pp. 95-127; Encore Asvagho�a) 1A, 1928, II, pp. 193-216; Autour d'Asvagho�a, jA, 1929, II, pp. 255-285; Kaniska et Satavahana, lA, 1936, I, p. uch important material. " )I';e of the most important texts discovered by Sylvain Levi were published I his pupils. 1graha (Paris, 1908-1929) which added a new dimension . the study of the famous Brhatkatha. Yamaguchi Susumu edited in 1934 hiramati's Madhyantavibhagat;ika (Nagoya, 1934; reprint, Tokyo, 1966).

In Bali he gained the confidence of the priests and was able to collect several stotm which were published in Sanskrit Textsfrom Bali (Baroda, 1933, GOS, LXVII). When he visited the Boro­ budur and inspected the lower galleries he recognized that the sculptors had made use of a text dealing with acts. " Louis de La vallee Poussin (1869-1938) was one of the first pupils of Sylvain Levi, but the nature of his work IS entirely different. He devoted most of his research to the study of Buddhist dogmatism as he called it and of the philo­ sophical schools of Mahayana.

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