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Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition (Steven Heine Charles S Prebish (eds)) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2003) 9780195146981
Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition (Steven Heine Charles S Prebish (eds)) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2003) 9780195146981
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Title: Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition

Author: Heine, Steven Charles S Prebish (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2003

Paperback; ISBN: 9780195146981

Volumes: 1; Pages: 304

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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 the traditional Buddhist communities of Asia have responded to the challenges of modernity, such as science and technology, colonialism, and globalization. Editors Steven Heine and Charles S. Prebish offer a pan-Asian approach, giving proportional treatment to the three regional legacies under which Buddhism is classified today: the traditions of East Asia (represented here by China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea), India and Southeast Asia (Sri Lanka and Thailand), and the Himalayas (Tibet). Nine essays, all commissioned expressly for this volume, consider how the encounter with modernity has impacted the disciplinary, textual, ritual, devotional, practical, and socio-political traditions of Buddhist thought throughout Asia. The result is the most comprehensive available overview of Asian Buddhism today.Table of ContentsContributors Introduction: Traditions and Transformations in Modern Buddhism 1 Aniconism Versus Iconism in Thai Buddhism 2 The Modernization of Sinhalese Buddhism as Reflected in the Dambulla Cave Temples 3 Varying the Vinaya: Creative Responses to Modernity 4 Master Hongyi Looks Back: A Modern Man Becomes a Monk in Twentieth-Century China 5 Transitions in the Practice and Defense of Chinese Pure Land Buddhism 6 Won Buddhism: The Historical Context of Sot'aesan's Reformation of Buddhism for the Modern World 7 Abbreviation or Aberration: The Role of the Shushogi in Modern Soto Zen Buddhism 8 "By Imperial Edict and Shogunal Decree": Politics and the Issue of the Ordination Platform in Modern Lay Nichiren Buddhism 9 The Making of the Western Lama 10 "Liberate the Mahabodhi Temple!" Socially Engaged Buddhism, Dalit-Style Index
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