The Making of Buddhist Modernism by David L. McMahan

By David L. McMahan

loads of Buddhist literature and scholarly writing approximately Buddhism of the prior one hundred fifty years displays, and certainly constructs, a traditionally detailed glossy Buddhism, even whereas purporting to symbolize historical culture, undying educating, or the "essentials" of Buddhism. This literature, Asian in addition to Western, weaves jointly the strands of other traditions to create a unique hybrid that brings Buddhism into alignment with a few of the ideologies and sensibilities of the post-Enlightenment West.

In this publication, David McMahan charts the advance of this "Buddhist modernism." McMahan examines and analyzes quite a lot of renowned and scholarly writings produced by way of Buddhists world wide. He makes a speciality of ideological and ingenious encounters among Buddhism and modernity, for instance within the geographical regions of technology, mythology, literature, artwork, psychology, and spiritual pluralism. He exhibits how sure issues lower throughout cultural and geographical contexts, and the way this way of Buddhism has been created by way of a number of brokers in numerous instances and areas. His place is important yet empathetic: whereas he provides Buddhist modernism as a development of various events with various pursuits, he doesn't lessen it to a mistake, a misrepresentation, or fabrication. particularly, he offers it as a posh historic approach constituted via numerous responses -- occasionally trivial, usually profound -- to a couple of an important issues of the fashionable era.

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