Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism

ISBN-10: 0226493156
ISBN-13: 9780226493152
Edition: 2005
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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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 ofessential books for anyone seriously interested in Buddhism and Asian religions.

Introduction: Impressions of the Buddha
Buddha
Art
Death
Economy
Gift
History
Institution
Pedagogy
Person
Power
Practice
Ritual
Sex
Word
Modernity
Contributors
Index

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