By Steven Heine,Charles S. Prebish

The historical past of Buddhism has been characterised by way of an ongoing pressure among makes an attempt to maintain conventional beliefs and modes of perform and the necessity to adapt to altering cultural stipulations. Many advancements in Buddhist historical past, comparable to the infusion of esoteric rituals, the increase of devotionalism and lay activities, and the assimilation of warrior practices, mirror the effect of common social alterations on conventional non secular constructions. while, Buddhism has been in a position to hold its doctrinal purity to a awesome measure. This quantity explores how conventional Buddhist groups have spoke back to the demanding situations of modernity, reminiscent of technology and expertise, colonialism, and globalization. Editors Steven Heine and Charles S. Prebish have commissioned ten essays via best students, each one interpreting a specific conventional Buddhist tuition in its cultural context. The essays ponder how the stumble upon with modernity has impacted the disciplinary, textual, ritual, devotional, sensible, and socio-political traditions of Buddhist idea all through Asia. Taken jointly, those essays display the variety and power of latest Buddhism and provide a wide-ranging examine the way in which Buddhism interacts with the trendy world.

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