The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture

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From Greek kings to nineteenth-century adventurers, from missionaries to monks, the encounter of Buddhism and the West is filled with intriguing personalities in Awaking of the West.
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From Greek kings to nineteenth-century adventurers, from missionaries to monks, the encounter of Buddhism and the West is filled with intriguing personalities in Awaking of the West.
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Unlike Rick Fields, whose How the Swans Came to the Lake (Shambhala, 1992. 3d ed.) focuses on American Buddhism, ex-Buddhist monk Batchelor (The Faith To Doubt, LJ 2/1/90) examines a broader canvas, surveying 2000 years of Western history. He finds but a handful of Europeans who were directly impressed by Buddhism; only during the last 150 years did any tangible ``awakening'' occur. While erudite, Batchelor's coverage is diffuse and uneven. Thus, while his chapter on Russian Buddhism is a captivating study of Kalmucks, reincarnated lamas, Stalinist purges, and perestroikan revival, his dismissal of theosophist Elena Blavatsky and painter Nicholas Roerich as ``romantic fantasizers'' is questionable. Urging Western modifications of Buddhist practice, Batchelor downplays the guru factor that produced an unbroken lineage from Gautama Buddha. Recommended for large collections only.-Dara Eklund, Los Angeles P.L.
Adriano Lanza
...[Tries] to convey a far-ranging and close-to-complete view from ancient times to the present day.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780938077688
  • Publisher: Parallax Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.54 (d)

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