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Buddhism in the Modern World Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition

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ISBN-10: 0195146980

ISBN-13: 9780195146981

Edition: 2003

Authors: Steven Heine, Charles S. Prebish

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The history of Buddhism has been characterized by an ongoing tension between attempts to preserve traditional ideals and modes of practice and the need to adapt to changing cultural conditions. Many developments in Buddhist history, such as the infusion of esoteric rituals, the rise of devotionalism and lay movements, and the assimilation of warrior practices, reflect the impact of widespread social changes on traditional religious structures. At the same time, Buddhism has been able to maintain its doctrinal purity to a remarkable degree. This volume explores how traditional Buddhist communities have responded to the challenges of modernity, such as science and technology, colonialism, and globalization. Editors Steven Heine and Charles S. Prebish have commissioned ten essays by leading scholars, each examining a particular traditional Buddhist school in its cultural context. The essays consider how the encounter with modernity has impacted the disciplinary, textual, ritual, devotional, practical, and socio-political traditions of Buddhist thought throughout Asia. Taken together, these essays reveal the diversity and vitality of contemporary Buddhism and offer a wide-ranging look at the way Buddhism interacts with the modern world.
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Book details

List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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Contributors
Introduction: Traditions and Transformations in Modern Buddhism
Aniconism Versus Iconism in Thai Buddhism
The Modernization of Sinhalese Buddhism as Reflected in the Dambulla Cave Temples
Varying the Vinaya: Creative Responses to Modernity
Master Hongyi Looks Back: A Modern Man Becomes a Monk in Twentieth-Century China
Transitions in the Practice and Defense of Chinese Pure Land Buddhism
Won Buddhism: The Historical Context of Sot'aesan's Reformation of Buddhism for the Modern World
Abbreviation of Aberration: The Role of the Shushogi in Modern Soto Zen Buddhism
"By Imperial Edict and Shogunal Decree": Politics and the Issue of the Ordination Platform in Modern Lay Nichiren Buddhism
The Making of the Western Lama
"Liberate the Mahabodhi Temple!" Socially Engaged Buddhism, Dalit-Style
Index