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Modern Buddhism: Readings For the Unenlightened Edited by Donald Lopez

Modern Buddhism: Readings For the Unenlightened
by Edited by Donald Lopez

This volume is an anthology of key writings which illustrate the ways in which ancient Buddhism changed in the 20th century, particularly when it came West. Featured writers include: Madame Blavatsky, William Burroughs, Alan Watts, Jack Kerouac, the Dalai Lama and Fritjof Capra.

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Modern Buddhism: Readings For the Unenlightened Summary


In the 20th and now the 21st century, the world has increasingly embraced the teachings of Buddhism, especially in the West. It deeply influenced the Beat writers and the counter-culture of the 1960s. But how different is this modern form of Buddhism from the ancient faith that originated over two millennia ago? Forging a universal doctrine from the divergent traditions of China, Sri Lanka, Japan, Burma, Thailand and Tibet, the makers of the most modern Buddhism imagine it to be the most ancient, as renowned scholar Doland Lopez shows. Modern Buddhism is for them a homeward journey to the original version of Buddha himself. Putting far more stress on meditation and spirituality than on ritual and relics, it embraces the ordination of women and values of science, social justice, tolerance and individual freedom.

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GOR001599957
Modern Buddhism: Readings For the Unenlightened
Edited by Donald Lopez
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2002-07-25
320
0140195882
9780140195880
N/A
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