A Buddhist Crossroads: Pioneer Western Buddhists and Asian by Brian Bocking,Phibul Choompolpaisal,Laurence Cox,Alicia M PDF

By Brian Bocking,Phibul Choompolpaisal,Laurence Cox,Alicia M Turner

In the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, Buddhism in Asia was once reworked by means of the impression of colonial modernity and new applied sciences and commenced to unfold in earnest to the West. Transnational networking between Asian Buddhists and early western converts engendered pioneering makes an attempt to boost new varieties of Buddhism for a globalized international, in methods now not managed by way of any unmarried sect or sector. Drawing on new study via students around the world, this booklet brings jointly probably the most striking episodes and personalities of a interval of just about a century from 1860-1960. Examples contain Indian intellectuals who observed Buddhism as a homegrown course for a contemporary post-colonial destiny, terrible whites ‘going local’ as Asian clergymen, a Brooklyn-born monk who sought to transform Mussolini, and the failed Fifties try and educate British priests to set up a Thai sangha in Britain. a few of these tales symbolize artistic mess ups, paths no longer taken, which could convey us substitute chances for a extra assorted Buddhism in an international ruled via spiritual nationalisms. different pioneers prepared the ground for the mainstreaming of recent kinds of Buddhism in later many years, in time for the post-1960s takeoff of ‘global Buddhism’.

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