Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia

by Jeffrey Samuels, Justin Thomas McDaniel, Mark Michael Rowe, Ian G. Baird, Corey L. Bell, Stephen C. Berkwitz, Anya Bernstein, Kalzang Dorjee Bhutia, Jane E. Caple, Jack Meng-Tat Chia, Sienna Craig, William Elison, Christoph Emmrich, Grant Evans, Paul J. Farrelly, Jane M. Ferguson, Gareth Fisher, Daniel G. Friedrich, Florence Galmiche, Michele R. Gamburd, Holly Gayley, David N. Gellner, Tim Graf, Elizabeth Guthrie, Elizabeth J. Harris, Sandya Hewamanne, Holly High, Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, Sarah H. Jacoby, Michael Jerryson, Irving Chan Johnson, Hiroko Kawanami, Daniel W. Kent, Susanne Ryuyin Kerekes, Hwansoo Ilmee Kim, Tongthida Krawengit, Judy Ledgerwood, Jun-Youb (JY) Lee, Jacques P. Leider, Chiara Letizia, Sarah LeVine, Charlene Makley, John Marston, Levi McLaughlin, David L. McMahan, Leigh Miller, John K. Nelson, Brian J. Nichols, Carina Pichler, Visisya Pinthongvijayakul, Justin R. Ritzinger, Roger Casas (Ruiz), Gregory A. Scott, Arthid Sheravanichkul, Nicolas Sihlé, Jessica Starling, Gitanjali Surendran, Nicola Tannenbaum, Antonio Terrone, Ashley Thompson, Stefania Travagnin, Jonathan S. Walters

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  • 9780824858544
  • 9780824858582
  • 9780824858568

This book introduces contemporary Buddhists from across Asia and from various walks of life. Eschewing traditional hagiographies, the editors have collected sixty-six profiles of individuals who would be excluded from most Buddhist histories and ethnographies. In addition to monks and nuns, readers will encounter artists, psychologists, social workers, part-time priests, healers, and librarians as well as charlatans, hucksters, profiteers, and rabble-rousers—all whose lives reflect changes in modern Buddhism even as they themselves shape the course of these changes.

The editors and contributors are fundamentally concerned with how individual Buddhists make meaning and display this understanding to others. Some practitioners profiled look to the past, lamenting the transformations Buddhism has undergone in recent times, while others embrace these. Some have adopted a “new asceticism,” while others are eager to explore different religious traditions as they think about their own ways of being Buddhist. Arranging the profiles according to these themes—looking backward, forward, inward, and outward—reveals the value of studying individual Buddhists and their idiosyncratic religious backgrounds and attitudes, thus highlighting the diversity of approaches to the practice and study of Buddhism in Asia today. Students and teachers will welcome sections on further readings and additional tables of contents that organize the profiles thematically, as well as by tradition (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana), region, and country.


  • University of Hawaii Press; July 2016
  • ISBN: 9780824858582
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  • Title: Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia
  • Author: Jeffrey Samuels (ed.); Justin Thomas McDaniel (ed.); Mark Michael Rowe (ed.); Ian G. Baird (contrib.); Corey L. Bell (contrib.); Stephen C. Berkwitz (contrib.); Anya Bernstein (contrib.); Kalzang Dorjee Bhutia (contrib.); Jane E. Caple (contrib.); Jack Meng-Tat Chia (contrib.); Sienna Craig (contrib.); William Elison (contrib.); Christoph Emmrich (contrib.); Grant Evans (contrib.); Paul J. Farrelly (contrib.); Jane M. Ferguson (contrib.); Gareth Fisher (contrib.); Daniel G. Friedrich (contrib.); Florence Galmiche (contrib.); Michele R. Gamburd (contrib.); Holly Gayley (contrib.); David N. Gellner (contrib.); Tim Graf (contrib.); Elizabeth Guthrie (contrib.); Elizabeth J. Harris (contrib.); Sandya Hewamanne (contrib.); Holly High (contrib.); Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa (contrib.); Sarah H. Jacoby (contrib.); Michael Jerryson (contrib.); Irving Chan Johnson (contrib.); Hiroko Kawanami (contrib.); Daniel W. Kent (contrib.); Susanne Ryuyin Kerekes (contrib.); Hwansoo Ilmee Kim (contrib.); Tongthida Krawengit (contrib.); Judy Ledgerwood (contrib.); Jun-Youb (JY) Lee (contrib.); Jacques P. Leider (contrib.); Chiara Letizia (contrib.); Sarah LeVine (contrib.); Charlene Makley (contrib.); John Marston (contrib.); Levi McLaughlin (contrib.); David L. McMahan (contrib.); Leigh Miller (contrib.); John K. Nelson (contrib.); Brian J. Nichols (contrib.); Carina Pichler (contrib.); Visisya Pinthongvijayakul (contrib.); Justin R. Ritzinger (contrib.); Roger Casas (Ruiz) (contrib.); Gregory A. Scott (contrib.); Arthid Sheravanichkul (contrib.); Nicolas Sihlé (contrib.); Jessica Starling (contrib.); Gitanjali Surendran (contrib.); Nicola Tannenbaum (contrib.); Antonio Terrone (contrib.); Ashley Thompson (contrib.); Stefania Travagnin (contrib.); Jonathan S. Walters (contrib.)
  • Imprint: University of Hawaii Press
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  • 9780824858544
  • 9780824858582
  • 9780824858568

In The Press

Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia is a collection of profiles of individuals who combine religious tradition with contemporary life. They range from, in the words of the editors, “Buddhist Web masters in Taiwan, members of international Buddhist women’s organizations in Vietnam, internationally known singing nuns in Nepal, Buddhist air-traffic controllers in Burma” to “alcoholic translators of Confucian texts in Laos…charlatans, hucksters, profiteers and rabble-rousers.”


About The Author

Jeffrey Samuels (Editor)
Jeffrey Samuels is professor of religious studies at Western Kentucky University.

Justin Thomas McDaniel (Editor)
Justin Thomas McDaniel is professor and chair of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Michael Rowe (Editor)
Mark Michael Rowe is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780824858544
  • 9780824858582
  • 9780824858568