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Doctrinal and systematic Buddhism

  • The Science of Chinese Buddhismby Erik J. Hammerstrom

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 49.99

    Kexue, or science, captured the Chinese imagination in the early twentieth century, promising new knowledge about the world and a dynamic path to prosperity. Chinese Buddhists particularly embraced scientific language and ideas to carve out a place for their religion within a rapidly modernizing society. Examining dozens of overlooked writings from... more...

  • Realizing Awakened Consciousnessby Richard P. Boyle

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    If, as Buddhism claims, the potential for awakening exists in all human beings, we should be able to map the phenomenon with the same science we apply to other forms of consciousness. A student of cognitive social science and a Zen practitioner for more than forty years, Richard P. Boyle brings his sophisticated perspective to bear on the development... more...

  • Simple Buddhismby C. Alexander Simpkins; Annellen Simpkins

    Tuttle Publishing 2015; US$ 12.99

    Exploring a new religion is no easy task. That's why the Simple series is so popular-these delightful books take readers by the hand and lead them into the basics of an Eastern faith without intimidation or confusion. Simple Buddhism, invites readers to discover this appealing religion and its peaceful doctrines, as well as: The history of Buddhism... more...

  • Buddhism, the Internet, and Digital Mediaby Gregory Price Grieve; Daniel Veidlinger

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus explores Buddhist practice and teachings in an increasingly networked and digital era. Contributors consider the ways Buddhism plays a role and is present in digital media through a variety of methods including concrete case studies, ethnographic research, and content analysis, as... more...

  • Living Karmaby Beverley Foulks McGuire

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 59.99

    Ouyi Zhixu (15991655) was an eminent Chinese Buddhist monk who, contrary to his contemporaries, believed karma could be changed. Through vows, divination, repentance rituals, and ascetic acts such as burning and blood writing, he sought to alter what others understood as inevitable and inescapable. Drawing attention to Ouyi?s unique reshaping of... more...

  • Burma?s Mass Lay Meditation Movementby Ingrid Jordt

    Ohio University Press 2014; US$ 22.99

    Burma's Mass Lay Meditation Movement: Buddhism and the Cultural Construction of Power describes a transformation in Buddhist practice in contemporary Burma. This revitalization movement has had real consequences for how the oppressive military junta, in power since the early 1960s, governs the country. more...

  • Buddhist Responses to Globalizationby Leah Kalmanson; James Mark Shields; Peter D. Hershock; Carolyn M. Jones Medine; Ugo Dessi; Melanie L. Harris; John W. M. Krummel; Erin McCarthy

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 84.99

    This interdisciplinary collection of essays highlights the relevance of Buddhist doctrine and practice to issues of globalization. From philosophical, religious, historical, and political perspectives, the authors show that Buddhism?arguably the world?s first transnational religion?is a rich resource for navigating todays interconnected world. more...

  • Buddhistsby Todd Lewis

    Wiley 2014; US$ 46.95 US$ 40.69

    Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism through the Lives of Practitioners  provides a series of case studies of Asian and modern Western Buddhists, spanning history, gender, and class, whose lives are representative of the ways in which Buddhists throughout time have embodied the tradition. Portrays the foundational principles of Buddhist... more...

  • A Philosophy of Emptinessby Gay Watson

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 28.00

    We often view emptiness as a negative condition, a symptom of depression, despair, or grief?an assessment furthered by authors like Franz Kafka or the existentialists, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Offering an alternative view,  A Philosophy of Emptiness  reclaims these hollow feelings as a positive and even empowering state, an antidote... more...

  • What the Buddha Taughtby Walpola Rahula

    Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 12.99

    This clear and informative guide draws on the words spoken by the Buddha to convey the true nature of Buddhist wisdom. It also features an illustrative section of texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada, a glossary of Buddhist terms and an up-to-date bibliography. more...