Critical terms for the study of Buddhism

This volume provides a unique introduction to Buddhism by examining categories essential for a nuanced understanding of its traditions. Each of the essays here shows students how a fundamental term - from art to word - illuminates the practice of Buddhism, both in traditional Buddhist societies and...

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Main Author: Lopez, Donald S.
Corporate Author: Credo Reference (Firm)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Chicago [Ill.] University of Chicago Press 2012
Series:Buddhism and modernity
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Collection: Credo Reference - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:This volume provides a unique introduction to Buddhism by examining categories essential for a nuanced understanding of its traditions. Each of the 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
Item Description:Mode of access: World Wide Web
Physical Description:1 online resource (19 entries) 1 image, digital files
ISBN:0226493156
9780226493237
9780226493152
9781849723510
0226493237
9780226493145
0226493148