Buddhism: A Cultural Perspective

Buddhism A Cultural Perspective This book begins with Buddhism s involvement in the culture and thought of India and observes its moves into other very different contexts China Southeast Asia Tibet Japan and even the West to

  • Title: Buddhism: A Cultural Perspective
  • Author: William R. La Fleur
  • ISBN: 9780130847249
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book begins with Buddhism s involvement in the culture and thought of India, and observes its moves into other, very different contexts China, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Japan, and even the West, to a limited extent The book accepts the diversity within Buddhism, giving roughly equal treatment to its two major traditions the Theravada and the Mahayana KEY TOPICS This book begins with Buddhism s involvement in the culture and thought of India, and observes its moves into other, very different contexts China, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Japan, and even the West, to a limited extent The book accepts the diversity within Buddhism, giving roughly equal treatment to its two major traditions the Theravada and the Mahayana KEY TOPICS Probes the philosophy and religion of Buddhism and how they relate to cultural traditions.

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    1. I hate it when professors assign books, and then don’t assign the entire book to read. With this book, there were less than 10 extra pages I had to read in order to complete this book, and they were, by far, the most interesting part of the entire book!(They were on self-immolation, specifically the incident in Vietnam in 1963 when a Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, set himself on fire as a form of protest.)This was a very good introductory book to Buddhism and I would recommend it to people wh [...]

    2. This was a speed-read textbook for me, primarily looking for points relevant to discussing Buddhism in the context of Japanese history for - surprise! - my Japanese History class. I like the approach that the author takes, considering Buddhism in the various cultural contexts in which it has been found - in India, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and others. One of the ideas that I took away from it is that more than simply bursting into a given culture at a static point in its development, Buddhism [...]

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