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Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

Series Editor: Stephen C. Berkwitz

Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism is a comprehensive study of the Buddhist tradition. The series explores this complex and extensive tradition from a variety of perspectives, using a range of different methodologies. The series is diverse in its focus, including historical, philological, cultural, and sociological investigations into the manifold features and expressions of Buddhism worldwide. It also presents works of constructive and reflective analysis, including the role of Buddhist thought and scholarship in a contemporary, critical context and in the light of current social issues. The series is expansive and imaginative in scope, spanning more than two and a half millennia of Buddhist history. It is receptive to all research works that are of significance and interest to the broader field of Buddhist Studies.

Some of the titles in the series are published in association with the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, which conducts and promotes rigorous teaching and research into all forms of the Buddhist tradition.

Editorial Advisory Board:

James A. Benn, McMaster University, Canada

Jinhua Chen, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Rupert Gethin, University of Bristol, UK

Peter Harvey, University of Sunderland, UK

Sallie King, James Madison University, USA

Anne Klein, Rice University, USA

Lori Meeks, University of Southern California, USA;

Ulrich Pagel, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

John Powers, Australian National University, Australia;

Juliane Schober, Arizona State University, USA

Vesna A. Wallace, Oxford University, UK

Michael Zimmermann, University of Hamburg, Germany

New and Published Books

11-20 of 61 results in Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism
  1. The Notion of Ditthi in Theravada Buddhism

    The Point of View

    By Paul Fuller

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The notion of 'view' or 'opinion' (ditthi) as an obstacle to 'seeing things as they are' is a central concept in Buddhist thought. This book considers the two ways in which the notion of views are usually understood. Are we to understand right-view as a correction of wrong-views (the opposition...

    Published November 15th 2012 by Routledge

  2. New Buddhist Movements in Thailand

    Towards an Understanding of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Santi Asoke

    By Rory Mackenzie

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Vastly different in belief and practice, two new Buddhist religious movements in Thailand, namely the Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Santi Asoke emerged in Thailand in the 1970s at a time of political uncertainty, social change and increasing dissatisfaction with the Thai Sangha and its leadership....

    Published September 13th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Tibetan Rituals of Death

    Buddhist Funerary Practices

    By Margaret Gouin

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    This book describes and analyses the structure and performance of Tibetan Buddhist death rituals, and situates that performance within the wider context of Buddhist death practices generally. Drawing on a detailed and systematic comparative survey of existing records of Tibetan funerary practices,...

    Published March 29th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Environmental Ethics in Buddhism

    A Virtues Approach

    By Pragati Sahni

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Environmental Ethics in Buddhism presents a logical and thorough examination of the metaphysical and ethical dimensions of early Buddhist literature. The author determines the meaning of nature in the early Buddhist context from general Buddhist teachings on dhamma, paticcasamuppada, samsara and...

    Published November 18th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Buddhist Monasticism in East Asia

    Places of Practice

    Edited by James A. Benn, Lori Meeks, James Robson

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The area of Buddhist monasticism has long attracted the interest of Buddhist studies scholars and historians, but the interpretation of the nature and function of monasteries across diverse cultures and vast historical periods remains a focus for debate. This book provides a multifaceted discussion...

    Published September 16th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Mindfulness in Early Buddhism

    New Approaches through Psychology and Textual Analysis of Pali, Chinese and Sanskrit Sources

    By Tse-fu Kuan

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    This book identifies what is meant by sati (smrti), usually translated as ‘mindfulness’, in early Buddhism, and examines its soteriological functions and its central role in the early Buddhist practice and philosophy. Using textual analysis and criticism, it takes new approaches to the...

    Published September 16th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Power, Wealth and Women in Indian Mahayana Buddhism

    The Gandavyuha-sutra

    By Douglas Osto

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    This book examines the concepts of power, wealth and women in the important Mahayana Buddhist scripture known as the Gandavyuha-sutra, and relates these to the text’s social context in ancient Indian during the Buddhist Middle Period (0–500 CE). Employing contemporary textual theory, worldview...

    Published September 15th 2011 by Routledge

  8. The Cultural Practices of Modern Chinese Buddhism

    Attuning the Dharma

    By Francesca Tarocco

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Buddhism in China during the late Qing and Republican period remained a powerful cultural and religious force. Francesca Tarocco is a rising star in this field and offers an innovative high-quality piece of work that presents a new perspective on the influence of Buddhism on Chinese culture....

    Published February 24th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Buddhist Nuns in Taiwan and Sri Lanka

    A Critique of the Feminist Perspective

    By Wei-Yi Cheng

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Taking a comparative approach, this fieldwork-based study explores the lives and thoughts of Buddhist nuns in present-day Taiwan and Sri Lanka. The author examines the postcolonial background and its influence on the modern situation, as well as surveying the main historical, economic, and social...

    Published February 10th 2011 by Routledge

  10. Buddhist Manuscript Cultures

    Knowledge, Ritual, and Art

    Edited by Stephen C. Berkwitz, Juliane Schober, Claudia Brown

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Buddhist Manuscript Cultures explores how religious and cultural practices in premodern Asia were shaped by literary and artistic traditions as well as by Buddhist material culture. This study of Buddhist texts focuses on the significance of their material forms rather than their doctrinal contents...

    Published January 20th 2011 by Routledge