The Making of Buddhist Modernism

The Making of Buddhist Modernism

David L. McMahan


loads of Buddhist literature and scholarly writing approximately Buddhism of the previous a hundred and fifty years displays, and certainly constructs, a traditionally special smooth Buddhism, even whereas purporting to symbolize historical culture, undying instructing, 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 number of the ideologies and sensibilities of the post-Enlightenment West.

during this booklet, David McMahan charts the advance of this "Buddhist modernism." McMahan examines and analyzes a variety of well known and scholarly writings produced by way of Buddhists all over the world. He specializes in ideological and inventive encounters among Buddhism and modernity, for instance within the nation-states of technological know-how, mythology, literature, artwork, psychology, and non secular pluralism. He indicates how convinced subject matters reduce throughout cultural and geographical contexts, and the way this type of Buddhism has been created through a number of brokers in a number of instances and locations. His place is important yet empathetic: whereas he offers Buddhist modernism as a development of diverse events with various pursuits, he doesn't decrease it to a mistake, a misrepresentation, or fabrication. quite, he provides it as a fancy ancient strategy constituted via quite a few responses -- occasionally trivial, frequently profound -- to a few of an important issues of the fashionable era.

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