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Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism (SUNY series in Korean Studies) Paperback – January 28, 2010

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"This outstanding collection will be highly valued by the scholarly community for the way it deals comprehensively and insightfully with an important though relatively unexplored topic in the modern era." ---- Steven Heine, author of Zen Skin, Zen Marrow: Will the Real Zen Buddhism Please Stand Up? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The first book in English devoted exclusively to modern Korean Buddhism, this work provides a comprehensive exploration for scholars, students, and serious readers. Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism focuses on three key areas: Buddhist reform, Zen revival, and the interrelationship of religion, history, and politics. In Korea, the modern period in Buddhism begins in earnest in the late nineteenth century, during the closing years of the Choson dynasty, which was characterized by a repressive brand of neo-Confucianism. Buddhist reformers arose to seek change in both Buddhism and Korean society at large. The work begins with a look at five of these reformers and their thought and work. The Zen revival that began at the end of the nineteenth century is covered from that period to contemporary times through an exploration of the life and thought of important Zen masters. The influence of Japanese Buddhist missionaries, the emergence of Korean engaged Buddhism, known as Minjung Buddhism, and the formation of modern Buddhist scholarship in Korea are discussed as well. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I am an associate professor of philosophy and religion and director of Asian Studies Program at American University in Washington DC, US. I specialize in East Asian Buddhism (with a focus on Korean Buddhism), Buddhist Western comparative philosophy, Buddhist ethics, and philosophy of religion. I am interested in how meaning is produced: that is, how do we find meaning in our existence? My books are my way of answering this question, by examining Buddhist philosophy (especially Zen and Huayan Buddhism), postmodern philosophy (especially Jacques Derrida, Maurice Merleau-Ponty,), East-West comparative philosophy on ethical, political, cultural dimensions of meaning production and individual's reaction to them.

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