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What Is Buddhist Enlightenment?

Dale S. Wright


This book explores the meaning of Buddhist enlightenment for the contemporary world. It raises a series of important questions about how Buddhist ideals might be appropriated into the emerging global culture of the twenty-first century. Beginning with the historical realization that “enlightenment” was an eighteenth-century European concept that was grafted onto the newly emerging Western understanding of Buddhism in the mid-nineteenth century, the book expands the sense of Buddhist enlightenment by connecting it to other connotations that the European Age of Enlightenment endorsed—the rise of ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, Buddhist enlightenment, karma, secular Buddhism, contemporary Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190622596
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190622596.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dale S. Wright, author
David B. and Mary H. Gamble Professor of Religion, Occidental College