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The Making of Buddhist Modernism

David L. McMahan


This book elucidates the complex cross-cultural genealogy of themes, ideas, and practices crucial to the creation of a new hybrid form of Buddhism that has emerged within the last 150 years. Buddhism modernism is not just Buddhism that happens to exist in the modern world but a distinct form of Buddhism constituted by cross-fertilization with western ideas and practices. Using primarily examples that have shaped western articulations of Buddhism, the book shows how modern representations of Buddhism have not only changed the way the tradition is understood, but have also generated new forms of ... More

Keywords: Buddhist modernism, Romanticism, rationalism, psychology, modernity, Buddhism and science, Buddhism and psychology, western Buddhism, American Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David L. McMahan, author
Franklin & Marshall College
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