Buddhism in the modern world : adaptations of an ancient tradition

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ISBN 10
0195146972 
ISBN 13
9780195146974 
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Publication Year
2003 
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Buddhism--History--20th century. 
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x, 287 pages : 25 cm; Aniconism versus iconism in Thai Buddhism / Donald K. Swearer -- The modernization of Sinhalese Buddhism as reflected in the Dambulla cave temples / Nathan Katz -- Varying the vinaya : creative responses to modernity / Charles S. Prebish -- Master Hongyi looks back : a modern man becomes a monk in twentieth-century China / Raoul Birnbaum -- Transitions in the practice and defense of Chinese Pure Land Buddhism / Charles B. Jones -- Won Buddhism : the historical context of Sot'aesan's reformation of Buddhism for the modern world / Bongkil Chung -- Abbreviation or aberration : the role of the Shushōgi in modern Sōtō Zen Buddhism / Steven Heine -- "By imperial edict and shogunal decree" : politics and the issue of the ordination platform in modern lay Nichiren Buddhism / Jacqueline I. Stone -- The making of the western Lama / Dan Cozort -- "Liberate the Mahabodhi temple!" : socially engaged Buddhism, Dalit-style / Tara N. Doyle.; 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 sociopolitical 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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