The Making of Buddhist Modernism

The Making of Buddhist Modernism

David L. McMahan


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

during this ebook, David McMahan charts the improvement of this "Buddhist modernism." McMahan examines and analyzes a variety of renowned and scholarly writings produced by way of Buddhists worldwide. He specializes in ideological and innovative encounters among Buddhism and modernity, for instance within the nation-states of technological know-how, mythology, literature, paintings, psychology, and non secular pluralism. He exhibits how yes topics reduce throughout cultural and geographical contexts, and the way this kind of Buddhism has been created by way of a number of brokers in numerous instances and locations. His place is necessary yet empathetic: whereas he offers Buddhist modernism as a building of diverse events with various pursuits, he doesn't lessen it to a mistake, a misrepresentation, or fabrication. relatively, he offers it as a posh historic strategy constituted via numerous responses -- occasionally trivial, frequently profound -- to a few of crucial issues of the trendy era.

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