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"With David McMahan's The Making of Buddhist Modernism, the study of modern Buddhism has reached a new level of maturity. This sweeping and sophisticated analysis of the ways in which westerners and Asians alike have constructed new forms of Buddhism under the pressures of modernity is thoroughly disillusioning, in the best sense of the word. McMahan shows that much of what has been written and said about Buddhism in the modern era only can be understood against the background of dominant western discourses. Trenchant but fair, erudite yet lucid, this book should be required reading for any serious student of Buddhism, and will be appreciated as well by those interested in intellectual history, cultural studies, or, simply, the inquiry into modernity." --Roger R. Jackson, Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts, Carleton College
David L. McMahan is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Empty Vision: Metaphor and Visionary Imagery in Mahayana Buddhism and of articles on both Buddhism in South Asia and Buddhism and modernity.
Amazing read! You think you know what Buddhism is? Guess again. I was amazed on how much of the Buddhism I thought I know was actually no necessarily Buddhist but a... Read morePublished 12 days ago by c.a. leibow
My religious studies book club picked this book. I must say they chose a winner. I have very little knowledge about Eastern religions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cathy Blanchard
Enjoyable, but heavy going. In contrast to many of the books out there elucidating Buddhist practice and philosophy, this book delves into how Buddhist ideas have entered Western... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Peter Stuckings