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Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism


About the Series

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, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Michael Zimmermann, University of Hamburg, Germany

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Buddhism, Cognitive Science, and the Doctrine of Selflessness A Revolution in Our Self-Conception

Buddhism, Cognitive Science, and the Doctrine of Selflessness: A Revolution in Our Self-Conception

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Hugh Nicholson
September 30, 2022

This book examines the relationship between Buddhist philosophy and scientific psychology by focusing on the doctrine of No-self. The hypothesis is that No-self can function as an instrument of counter-induction, that is, an alternative conceptual scheme that exposes by contrast the intuitive or "...

Indian Buddhist Studies on Non-Buddhist Theories of a Self The Studies of Śāntarakṣita and Kamalaśīla on the Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika, Mīmāṃsā, Sāṃkhya, Jain, Vedānta and Vātsīputrīya Theories of a Self

Indian Buddhist Studies on Non-Buddhist Theories of a Self: The Studies of Śāntarakṣita and Kamalaśīla on the Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika, Mīmāṃsā, Sāṃkhya, Jain, Vedānta and Vātsīputrīya Theories of a Self

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By James Duerlinger
July 29, 2022

This book addresses prominent views on the nature of the self in Indian philosophical traditions and presents Buddhist critiques of those conceptions through the translation and commentary on Śāntarakṣita’s chapter in the Tattvasaṃgraha on theories of a self and Kamala-śīla’s commentary on it in ...

Reimagining Chan Buddhism Sheng Yen and the Creation of the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan

Reimagining Chan Buddhism: Sheng Yen and the Creation of the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan

1st Edition

By Jimmy Yu
November 15, 2021

This book is the first socio-intellectual history of the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan (Zen), a new lineage of Buddhism founded by the late Chinese Buddhist cleric, Sheng Yen (1931–2009)—arguably one of the most influential Chan masters in contemporary times. The book challenges the received academic...

Buddhist Visions of the Good Life for All

Buddhist Visions of the Good Life for All

1st Edition

Edited By Sallie B. King
May 31, 2021

This book highlights what Buddhism has to offer for "living well" here and now—for individuals, society as a whole, all sentient beings and the planet itself. From the perspectives of a variety of Buddhist thinkers, the book evaluates what a good life is like, what is desirable for human society, ...

Women in British Buddhism Commitment, Connection, Community

Women in British Buddhism: Commitment, Connection, Community

1st Edition

By Caroline Starkey
July 30, 2019

Based on detailed ethnographic research, this book explores the varied experiences of women who have converted to Buddhism in contemporary Britain and analyses the implications of their experiences for understanding the translation and transference of Buddhist practices temporally and ...

Early Buddhist Meditation The Four Jhanas as the Actualization of Insight

Early Buddhist Meditation: The Four Jhanas as the Actualization of Insight

1st Edition

By Keren Arbel
September 27, 2018

This book offers a new interpretation of the relationship between 'insight practice' (satipatthana) and the attainment of the four jhànas (i.e., right samàdhi), a key problem in the study of Buddhist meditation. The author challenges the traditional Buddhist understanding of the four jhànas as ...

Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will A Theory of Mental Freedom

Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will: A Theory of Mental Freedom

1st Edition

By Rick Repetti
July 11, 2018

Traditionally, Buddhist philosophy has seemingly rejected the autonomous self. In Western philosophy, free will and the philosophy of action are established areas of research. This book presents a comprehensive analytical review of extant scholarship on perspectives on free will. It studies and ...

Theravada Buddhism in Colonial Contexts

Theravada Buddhism in Colonial Contexts

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas Borchert
April 06, 2018

Over the course of the nineteenth century, most of the Theravada world of Southeast Asia came under the colonial domination of European powers. While this has long been seen as a central event in the development of modern forms of Theravada Buddhism, most discussions have focused on specific ...

Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora Cultural re-signification in practice and institutions

Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora: Cultural re-signification in practice and institutions

1st Edition

By Ana Cristina O. Lopes
January 22, 2018

The imperialist ambitions of China – which invaded Tibet in the late 1940s – have sparked the spectacular spread of Tibetan Buddhism worldwide, and especially in western countries. This work is a study on the malleability of a particular Buddhist tradition; on its adaptability in new contexts. The ...

Women in Pāli Buddhism Walking the Spiritual Paths in Mutual Dependence

Women in Pāli Buddhism: Walking the Spiritual Paths in Mutual Dependence

1st Edition

By Pascale Engelmajer
January 22, 2018

The Pāli tradition presents a diverse and often contradictory picture of women. This book examines women’s roles as they are described in the Pāli canon and its commentaries. Taking into consideration the wider socio-religious context and drawing from early brahmanical literature and epigraphical ...

Reason and Experience in Tibetan Buddhism Mabja Jangchub Tsöndrü and the Traditions of the Middle Way

Reason and Experience in Tibetan Buddhism: Mabja Jangchub Tsöndrü and the Traditions of the Middle Way

1st Edition

By Thomas Doctor
October 23, 2017

Based on newly discovered texts, this book explores the barely known but tremendously influential thought of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Mabja Jangchub Tsöndrü (d. 1185).This Tibetan Buddhist master exercised significant influence on the interpretation of Madhyamaka thinking in Tibet during the ...

Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism In-Between Bodies

Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism: In-Between Bodies

1st Edition

By Tanya Zivkovic
October 12, 2017

Contextualising the seemingly esoteric and exotic aspects of Tibetan Buddhist culture within the everyday, embodied and sensual sphere of religious praxis, this book centres on the social and religious lives of deceased Tibetan Buddhist lamas. It explores how posterior forms – corpses, relics, ...

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