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Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism : Buddhism and Modernity - Donald S. Lopez

Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism

Buddhism and Modernity

By: Donald S. Lopez (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th May 2005
ISBN: 9780226493145
Number Of Pages: 344

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Over the past century, Buddhism has come to be seen as a world religion, exceeding Christianity in longevity and, according to many, philosophical wisdom. Buddhism has also increasingly been described as strongly ethical, devoted to nonviolence, and dedicated to bringing an end to human suffering. And because it places such a strong emphasis on rational analysis, Buddhism is considered more compatible with science than the other great religions. As such, Buddhism has been embraced in the West, both as an alternative religion and as an alternative "to" religion.
This volume provides a unique introduction to Buddhism by examining categories essential for a nuanced understanding of its traditions. Each of the fifteen essays here shows students how a fundamental term--from "art" to "word--"illuminates the practice of Buddhism, both in traditional Buddhist societies and in the realms of modernity. Apart from "Buddha," the list of terms in this collection deliberately includes none that are intrinsic to the religion. Instead, the contributors explore terms that are important for many fields and that invite interdisciplinary reflection. Through incisive discussions of topics ranging from "practice," "power," and "pedagogy" to "ritual," "history," "sex," and "death," the authors offer new directions for the understanding of Buddhism, taking constructive and sometimes polemical positions in an effort both to demonstrate the shortcomings of assumptions about the religion and the potential power of revisionary approaches.
Following the tradition of "Critical Terms for Religious Studies," this volume is not only an invaluable resource for the classroom but one that belongs on the short list of essential books for anyone seriously interested in Buddhism and Asian religions.

Introduction : impressions of the Buddhap. 1
Buddhap. 13
Artp. 37
Deathp. 56
Economyp. 77
Giftp. 103
Historyp. 124
Institutionp. 143
Pedagogyp. 162
Personp. 188
Powerp. 211
Practicep. 229
Ritualp. 245
Sexp. 271
Wordp. 291
Modernityp. 311
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ISBN: 9780226493145
ISBN-10: 0226493148
Series: Buddhism and Modernity
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 25th May 2005
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 17.5  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.67

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