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Over the past century, Buddhism has come to be seen as a world religion, exceeding Christianity in longevity and, according to many, philosophical wisdom. Buddhism has also increasingly been described as strongly ethical, devoted to nonviolence, and dedicated to bringing an end to human suffering. And because it places such a strong emphasis on rational analysis, Buddhism is considered more compatible with science than the other great religions. As such, Buddhism has been embraced in the West, both as an alternative religion and as an alternative to religion.

This volume provides a unique introduction to Buddhism by examining categories essential for a nuanced understanding of its traditions. Each of the fifteen essays here shows students how a fundamental term—from art to word—illuminates the practice of Buddhism, both in traditional Buddhist societies and in the realms of modernity. Apart from Buddha, the list of terms in this collection deliberately includes none that are intrinsic to the religion. Instead, the contributors explore terms that are important for many fields and that invite interdisciplinary reflection. Through incisive discussions of topics ranging from practice, power, and pedagogy to ritual, history, sex, and death, the authors offer new directions for the understanding of Buddhism, taking constructive and sometimes polemical positions in an effort both to demonstrate the shortcomings of assumptions about the religion and the potential power of revisionary approaches.

Following the tradition of Critical Terms for Religious Studies, this volume is not only an invaluable resource for the classroom but one that belongs on the short list of essential books for anyone seriously interested in Buddhism and Asian religions.

About the Author

Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Carl W. Belser Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Curators of the Buddha: The Study of Buddhism under Colonialism and Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West. He is also editor of the series Buddhism and Modernity.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Impressions of the Buddha

Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Buddha

Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Art

Charles Lachman

Death

Jacqueline I. Stone

Economy

Gustavo Benavides

Gift

Reiko Ohnuma

History

Timothy Barrett

Institution

Timothy Brook

Pedagogy

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Person

William Pietz

Power

Craig J. Reynolds

Practice

Carl Bielefeldt

Ritual

Robert H. Sharf

Sex

Janet Gyatso

Word

Ryuichi Abé

Modernity

Marilyn Ivy

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226493145
Editor:
Lopez, Donald S., Jr.
Editor:
Lopez Jr, Donald S.
Editor:
Lopez, Donald S., Jr.
Editor:
Lopez, Donald S., Jr. JR. JR.
Editor:
Lopez, Donald S.
Editor:
Lopez, Donald S., Jr. JR. JR. JR. JR.
Editor:
Lopez Jr, Donald S.
Author:
Lopez Jr, Donald S.
Author:
Lopez, Donald S.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Buddhism -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Buddhism -- Study and teaching.
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Buddhism and Modernity
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.75 in

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