New PDF release: Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism (Buddhism and

By Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Over the earlier century, Buddhism has grow to be noticeable as an international faith, exceeding Christianity in toughness and, based on many, philosophical knowledge. Buddhism has additionally more and more been defined as strongly moral, dedicated to nonviolence, and devoted to bringing an finish to human agony. and since it areas the sort of powerful emphasis on rational research, Buddhism is taken into account extra suitable with technology than the opposite nice religions. As such, Buddhism has been embraced within the West, either as a substitute faith and instead to religion.

This quantity offers a special advent to Buddhism through studying different types crucial for a nuanced knowing of its traditions. all the fifteen essays right here indicates scholars how a basic term—from art to word—illuminates the perform of Buddhism, either in conventional Buddhist societies and within the geographical regions of modernity. except Buddha, the checklist of phrases during this assortment intentionally comprises none which are intrinsic to the faith. as a substitute, the individuals discover phrases which are very important for plenty of fields and that invite interdisciplinary mirrored image. via incisive discussions of subject matters starting from practice, power, and pedagogy to ritual, history, sex, and death, the authors supply new instructions for the knowledge of Buddhism, taking confident and infrequently polemical positions in an attempt either to illustrate the shortcomings of assumptions concerning the faith and the aptitude strength of revisionary approaches.

Following the culture of Critical phrases for spiritual Studies, this quantity isn't just a useful source for the school room yet person who belongs at the brief checklist of crucial books for an individual heavily attracted to Buddhism and Asian religions.

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