Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition / Edition 1

Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition / Edition 1

by Steven Heine
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195146980

ISBN-13: 9780195146981

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195146981
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Contributorsix
Introduction: Traditions and Transformations in Modern Buddhism3
1.Aniconism Versus Iconism in Thai Buddhism9
2.The Modernization of Sinhalese Buddhism as Reflected in the Dambulla Cave Temples27
3.Varying the Vinaya: Creative Responses to Modernity45
4.Master Hongyi Looks Back: A Modern Man Becomes a Monk in Twentieth-Century China75
5.Transitions in the Practice and Defense of Chinese Pure Land Buddhism125
6.Won Buddhism: The Historical Context of Sot'aesan's Reformation of Buddhism for the Modern World143
7.Abbreviation of Aberration: The Role of the Shushogi in Modern Soto Zen Buddhism169
8."By Imperial Edict and Shogunal Decree": Politics and the Issue of the Ordination Platform in Modern Lay Nichiren Buddhism193
9.The Making of the Western Lama221
10."Liberate the Mahabodhi Temple!" Socially Engaged Buddhism, Dalit-Style249
Index281

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