By David L. McMahan
Loads of Buddhist literature and scholarly writing approximately Buddhism of the previous a hundred and fifty years displays, and certainly constructs, a traditionally specified glossy Buddhism, even whereas purporting to symbolize old culture, undying instructing, or the "essentials" of Buddhism. This literature, Asian in addition to Western, weaves jointly the strands of other traditions to create a unique hybrid that brings Buddhism into alignment with the various ideologies and sensibilities of the post-Enlightenment West.
during this ebook, David McMahan charts the advance of this "Buddhist modernism." McMahan examines and analyzes quite a lot of well known and scholarly writings produced via Buddhists around the world. He specializes in ideological and resourceful encounters among Buddhism and modernity, for instance within the geographical regions of technology, mythology, literature, paintings, psychology, and spiritual pluralism. He exhibits how definite issues lower throughout cultural and geographical contexts, and the way this way of Buddhism has been created by way of a number of brokers in quite a few instances and areas. His place is important yet empathetic: whereas he offers Buddhist modernism as a development of various events with various pursuits, he doesn't decrease it to a mistake, a misrepresentation, or fabrication. particularly, he provides it as a fancy historic approach constituted by way of a number of responses -- occasionally trivial, frequently profound -- to a couple of an important issues of the trendy era.