Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition

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The history of Buddhism has been characterized by an ongoing tension between attempts to preserve traditional ideals and modes of practice and the need to adapt to changing cultural conditions. Many developments in Buddhist history, such as the infusion of esoteric rituals, the rise of devotionalism and lay movements, and the assimilation of warrior practices, reflect the impact of widespread social changes on traditional religious structures. At the same time, Buddhism has been able to maintain its doctrinal purity to a ...

Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition 2003, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195146981

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