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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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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, ...

Theravāda Buddhist Encounters with Modernity

Theravāda Buddhist Encounters with Modernity

1st Edition

Edited By Juliane Schober, Steven Collins
September 21, 2017

Although recent scholarship has shown that the term ‘Theravāda’ in the familiar modern sense is a nineteenth- and twentieth-century construct, it is now used to refer to the more than 150 million people around the world who practice that form of Buddhism. Buddhist practices such as meditation, ...

Birth in Buddhism The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom

Birth in Buddhism: The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom

1st Edition

By Amy Langenberg
May 23, 2017

Recent decades have seen a groundswell in the Buddhist world, a transnational agitation for better opportunities for Buddhist women. Many of the main players in the transnational nuns movement self-identify as feminists but other participants in this movement may not know or use the language of ...

The Refutation of the Self in Indian Buddhism Candrakīrti on the Selflessness of Persons

The Refutation of the Self in Indian Buddhism: Candrakīrti on the Selflessness of Persons

1st Edition

By James Duerlinger
May 18, 2017

Since the Buddha did not fully explain the theory of persons that underlies his teaching, in later centuries a number of different interpretations were developed. This book presents the interpretation by the celebrated Indian Buddhist philosopher, Candrakīrti (ca. 570–650 C.E.). Candrakīrti’s ...

The Buddhist Art of Living in Nepal Ethical Practice and Religious Reform

The Buddhist Art of Living in Nepal: Ethical Practice and Religious Reform

1st Edition

By Lauren Leve
August 09, 2016

Theravada Buddhism has experienced a powerful and far-reaching revival in modern Nepal, especially among the Newar Buddhist laity, many of whom are reorganizing their lives according to its precepts, practices and ideals. This book documents these far-reaching social and personal transformations ...

The Reflexive Nature of Awareness A Tibetan Madhyamaka Defence

The Reflexive Nature of Awareness: A Tibetan Madhyamaka Defence

1st Edition

By Paul Williams
May 13, 2016

Places the controversy initiated by the Tibetan Tsong kha pa - who elaborated on one of the eight difficult points in understanding Madhyamaka philosophy - in its Indian and Tibetan context....

Engendering the Buddhist State Territory, Sovereignty and Sexual Difference in the Inventions of Angkor

Engendering the Buddhist State: Territory, Sovereignty and Sexual Difference in the Inventions of Angkor

1st Edition

By Ashley Thompson
April 12, 2016

Drawing from more than a decade of field and archival research, this monograph concerns Cambodian cultural history and historiography, with an ultimate aim of broadening and deepening bases for understanding the Cambodian Theravadin politico-cultural complex. The book takes the form of an ...

A Survey of Vinaya Literature

A Survey of Vinaya Literature

1st Edition

By Charles S. Prebish
February 29, 2016

The most important research tool for vinaya studies. Covers both primary and secondary sources in Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, and Chinese as well as modern sources in English, French, German and Japanese....

Buddhist Theology Critical Reflections by Contemporary Buddhist Scholars

Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections by Contemporary Buddhist Scholars

1st Edition

Edited By Roger Jackson, John Makransky
November 05, 1999

Scholars of Buddhism, themselves Buddhist, here seek to apply the critical tools of the academy to reassess the truth and transformative value of their tradition in its relevance to the contemporary world....

Emptiness Appraised A Critical Study of Nagarjuna's Philosophy

Emptiness Appraised: A Critical Study of Nagarjuna's Philosophy

1st Edition

By David F. Burton
November 10, 2014

Emptiness means that all entities are empty of, or lack, inherent existence - entities have a merely conceptual, constructed existence. Though Nagarjuna advocates the Middle Way, his philosophy of emptiness nevertheless entails nihilism, and his critiques of the Nyaya theory of knowledge are shown ...

Buddhism and Human Rights

Buddhism and Human Rights

1st Edition

By Wayne R. Husted, Damien Keown
June 08, 2015

It is difficult to think of a more urgent question for Buddhism in the late twentieth century than human rights. The political, ethical and philosophical questions surrounding human rights are debated vigorously in political and intellectual circles throughout the world and now in this volume....

Buddhism in Australia Traditions in Change

Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change

1st Edition

Edited By Cristina Rocha, Michelle Barker
May 21, 2015

The number of Buddhists in Australia has grown dramatically in recent years. In 2006, Buddhists accounted for 2.1 per cent of Australia's population, almost doubling the 1996 figures, and making it the fastest growing religion in the country. This book analyses the arrival and localisation of ...

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