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By Steven Heine, Charles S. Prebish

ISBN-10: 0195146972

ISBN-13: 9780195146974

ISBN-10: 1423763238

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The heritage of Buddhism has been characterised by way of an ongoing stress among makes an attempt to maintain conventional beliefs and modes of perform and the necessity to adapt to altering cultural stipulations. Many advancements in Buddhist heritage, similar to the infusion of esoteric rituals, the increase of devotionalism and lay events, and the assimilation of warrior practices, replicate the influence of frequent social alterations on conventional non secular constructions. whilst, Buddhism has been in a position to retain its doctrinal purity to a awesome measure. This quantity explores how conventional Buddhist groups have spoke back to the demanding situations of modernity, equivalent to technological know-how and know-how, colonialism, and globalization. Editors Steven Heine and Charles S. Prebish have commissioned ten essays through major students, every one analyzing a specific conventional Buddhist college in its cultural context. The essays give some thought to how the stumble upon with modernity has impacted the disciplinary, textual, ritual, devotional, functional, and socio-political traditions of Buddhist inspiration all through Asia. Taken jointly, those essays display the variety and energy of latest Buddhism and provide a wide-ranging examine the way in which Buddhism interacts with the fashionable global.

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Although the goal of the lay Buddhist is punya or “merit,” while the monastic’s goal is arhantship 48 buddhism in the modern world or “liberation,” the two communities are clearly interdependent. To think otherwise, and especially so in the West, would be incorrect, as Gombrich notes: “Buddhism is sometimes presented in the West as if the religion of the laity on the one hand and of the clergy on the other were discontinuous, completely separate. ”11 It is not hard to see, then, how the fourfold sangha of monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen came to interpenetrate and become coincident with the sangha of the four quarters.

Personal communication, 5 August, 2001. 13. Guiseppi Tucci, Tibetan Painted Scrolls (Kyoto: Rinsen Books, 1949; Rome: La liberia dello stato, 1980), 1: 309. 14. Tambiah, The Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets, part 3. The cult of sacred objects is not limited to those associated with Buddhism; it 24 buddhism in the modern world includes statues of Thai royalty, Hindu deities, and a wide variety of talismen and charms. The generic terms for amulet, talisman, medallion (phrakru’ang, phrakru’ang rang, rian), do not have a speciWcally Buddhist connotation.

Since that time, changes and development have occurred to such an extent that today we see easily twice that number. Although not naturalistic statues, most of the Buddha images in the cave temples are human-size or slightly larger (fig. 3). They seem all the more alive for this, an effect further enhanced by the dim light. The murals, which completely cover the ceilings and walls, follow the rock’s contours so perfectly as to appear like tapestries (fig. 4). A predominance of reds and yellows adds an aura of warmth and vibrancy.

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