BUDDHIST SITESAND ‘BUDDHIST LANDSCAPES’
Sanchi’s size, archaeological grandeur and rich patronage base mark it out as the most important Buddhist site in the study area. Despite its spatially distinct hilltop location, its proximity to Vidisha conforms to the traditional city-monastery model propounded in early canonical texts (e.g. Vinaya III, 155). Quite clearly it belongs to the ‘urban’ category of monastic site, discussed in chapter 6.