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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

31-40 of 61 results in Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism
  1. Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter

    Religious, Missionary and Colonial Experience in Nineteenth Century Sri Lanka

    By Elizabeth Harris

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    This major new work explores the British encounter with Buddhism in nineteenth century Sri Lanka, examining the way Buddhism was represented and constructed in the eyes of the British scholars, officials, travellers and religious seekers who first encountered it. Tracing the three main historical...

    Published April 29th 2009 by Routledge

  2. Buddhism in the Public Sphere

    Reorienting Global Interdependence

    By Peter D. Hershock

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The core teachings and practices of Buddhism are systematically directed toward developing keen and caring insight into the relational or interdependent nature of all things. Hershock applies Buddhist thought to reflect on the challenges to public good, created by emerging social, economic, and...

    Published April 21st 2009 by Routledge

  3. Beyond Enlightenment

    Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

    By Richard Cohen

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The vast majority of books on Buddhism describe the Buddha using the word enlightened, rather than awakened. This bias has resulted in Buddhism becoming generally perceived as the eponymous religion of enlightenment. Beyond Enlightenment is a sophisticated study of some of the underlying...

    Published April 21st 2009 by Routledge

  4. Buddhism, Power and Political Order

    Edited by Ian Harris

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    Weber's claim that Buddhism is an otherworldly religion is only partially true. Early sources indicate that the Buddha was sometimes diverted from supramundane interests to dwell on a variety of politically-related matters. The significance of Asoka Maurya as a paradigm for later traditions of...

    Published April 21st 2009 by Routledge

  5. British Buddhism

    Teachings, Practice and Development

    By Robert Bluck

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    British Buddhism presents a useful insight into contemporary British Buddhist practice. It provides a survey of the seven largest Buddhist traditions in the United Kingdom, including the Forest Sangha (Theravada) and the Samatha Trust (Theravada), the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition (Soto...

    Published August 1st 2008 by Routledge

  6. Religion, Medicine and the Human Embryo in Tibet

    By Frances Garrett

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    This book explores the cultural history of embryology in Tibet, in culture, religion, art and literature, and what this reveals about its medicine and religion. Filling a significant gap in the literature this is the first in-depth exploration of Tibetan medical history in the English language. It...

    Published April 25th 2008 by Routledge

  7. Indian Buddhist Theories of Persons

    Vasubandhu's Refutation of the Theory of a Self

    By James Duerlinger

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    In this book, Vasubandhu's classic work Refutation of the Theory of a Self is translated and provided with an introduction and commentary. The translation, the first into a modern Western language from the Sanskrit text, is intended for use by those who wish to begin a careful philosophical study...

    Published April 18th 2006 by Routledge

  8. The Buddhist Unconscious

    The Alaya-vijñana in the context of Indian Buddhist Thought

    By William S. Waldron

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    This is the story of fifth century CE India, when the Yogacarin Buddhists tested the awareness of unawareness, and became aware of human unawareness to an extraordinary degree. They not only explicitly differentiated this dimension of mental processes from conscious cognitive processes, but also...

    Published April 6th 2006 by Routledge

  9. Buddhist Phenomenology

    A Philosophical Investigation of Yogacara Buddhism and the Ch'eng Wei-shih Lun

    By Dan Lusthaus

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    A richly complex study of the Yogacara tradition of Buddhism, divided into five parts: the first on Buddhism and phenomenology, the second on the four basic models of Indian Buddhist thought, the third on karma, meditation and epistemology, the fourth on the Trimsika and its translations, and...

    Published April 6th 2006 by Routledge

  10. Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy

    Tsongkhapa's Quest for the Middle Way

    By Thupten Jinpa

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

    The work explores the historical and intellectual context of Tsongkhapa's philosophy and addresses the critical issues related to questions of development and originality in Tsongkhapa's thought. It also deals extensively with one of Tsongkhapa's primary concerns, namely his attempts to demonstrate...

    Published January 20th 2006 by Routledge