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Manages to give a flavor of adaptations made and being made within Buddhism, not merely as a result of its encounter with modernization, but also because of its historical diversity. In a book that probably has a chapter or two to fit everyone's interests―perusal of the index certainly gave me room for optimism―I found it rewarding also to find areas new to me addressed in accessible and engaging ways. (Journal of Global Buddhism)
About the Author
Steven Heine is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Asian Studies at Florida International University. Among his many publications are Dogen and the Koan Tradition (1994), Japan in Traditional and Postmodern Perspectives (1995), The Zen Poetry of Dogen (1997), Shifting Shape, Shaping Text (1999), The Koan: Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism (OUP, 2000), and Opening a Mountain: Koans of the Zen Masters (OUP, 2002). Dr. Heine was recently awarded the Kauffman Professorship in Entrepreneurship Studies at the Florida International University Business School.Charles S. Prebish is Professor of Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author or editor of many books, including Historical Dictionary of Buddhism (1993), A Survey of Vinaya Literature (1994), Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America (1999), and Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia (2002). He is a founding co-editor of the online Journal of Buddhist Ethics.
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So what articles are included in this book, anyway?
1. "Aniconism Versus Iconism in Thai Buddhism" by Donald K. Swearer.
2. "The Modernization of Sinhalese Buddhism as Reflected in the Dambulla Cave Temples" by Nathan Katz.
3. "Varying the Vinaya: Creative Responses to Modernity" by Charles S. Prebish.
4. "Master Hongyi Looks Back: A Modern Man Becomes a Monk in Twentieth-Century China" by Raoul Birnbaum.
5. "Transitions in the Practice and Defense of Chinese Pure Land Buddhism" by Charles B. Jones.
6. "Won Buddhism: The Historical Context of Sot'aesan's Reformation of Buddhism for the Modern World" by Bongkil Chung.
7. "Abbreviation or Aberration: The Role of the 'Shushogi' in Modern Soto Zen Buddhism" by Steven Heine.
8. "'By Imperial Edict and Shogunal Decree': Politics and the Issue of the Ordination Platform in Modern Lay Nichiren Buddhism" by Jacqueline I. Stone.
9. "The Making of the Western Lama" by Daniel Cozort.
10. "'Liberate the Mahabodhi Temple!': Socially Engaged Buddhism, Dalit-Style" by Tara N. Doyle.