Buddhism The First Millennium begins with the events immediately following the dark days after the death of Shakyamuni and continuing over a period of 1,000 years, this dynamic tome covers a vast and complex series of events and developments in the history of Buddhism. Through a thorough examination of its early development in India, a new light is cast on little-known aspects of Buddhist history and its relevance to the understanding of Buddhism today. Topics include the formation of the Buddhist canon, the cultural exchange between the East and West, and the spirit of the Lotus Sutra.
Buddhism The First Millennium is the second volume in the Soka Gakkai History of Buddhism series. The first volume entitled The Living Buddha: An Interpretive Biography is the life story of Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist religion. The third volume entitled The Flower of Chinese Buddhism chronicles the history of how Buddhism came to Chine, brought by traders and monks via the silk road, and how distinct Chinese schools of Buddhist thought came to be established, including the Tiantai school, which would later have a profound impact in Japan.