Defining Buddhism(s): A Reader

1st Edition

Karen Derris, Natalie Gummer

Routledge
Published February 7, 2008
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9781845530556 - CAT# Y174943
Series: Critical Categories in the Study of Religion

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Summary

'Defining Buddhism(s)' explores the multiple ways in which Buddhism has been defined and constructed by both Buddhists and scholars. In recent decades, scholars have become increasingly aware of their own role in the construction of how Buddhism is represented - a process in which multiple representations of Buddhism compete with and complement one another. The reader brings together key essays by leading scholars to examine the central methods and concerns of Buddhism. The essays aim to illuminate the challenges involved in defining historical, social, and political contexts and reveal how definitions of Buddhism have always been contested.

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