New PDF release: Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient

By Steven Heine,Charles S. Prebish

ISBN-10: 0195146972

ISBN-13: 9780195146974

ISBN-10: 0195146980

ISBN-13: 9780195146981

The background of Buddhism has been characterised via an ongoing stress among makes an attempt to maintain conventional beliefs and modes of perform and the necessity to adapt to altering cultural stipulations. Many advancements in Buddhist historical past, similar to the infusion of esoteric rituals, the increase of devotionalism and lay routine, and the assimilation of warrior practices, mirror the effect of common social adjustments on conventional spiritual constructions. whilst, Buddhism has been in a position to hold its doctrinal purity to a extraordinary measure. This quantity explores how conventional Buddhist groups have spoke back to the demanding situations of modernity, similar to technological know-how and know-how, colonialism, and globalization. Editors Steven Heine and Charles S. Prebish have commissioned ten essays by way of best students, each one studying a selected conventional Buddhist institution in its cultural context. The essays think of how the come across with modernity has impacted the disciplinary, textual, ritual, devotional, useful, and socio-political traditions of Buddhist notion all through Asia. Taken jointly, those essays show the range and power of up to date Buddhism and supply a wide-ranging examine the way in which Buddhism interacts with the fashionable world.

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