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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

76 Series Titles

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Altruism and Reality Studies in the Philosophy of the Bodhicaryavatara

Altruism and Reality: Studies in the Philosophy of the Bodhicaryavatara

1st Edition

By Paul Williams
March 31, 2015

Brings together Paul Williams' previously published papers on the Indian and Tibetan interpretations of selected verses from the eighth and ninth chapters of the Bodhicaryavatara....

Developments in Australian Buddhism Facets of the Diamond

Developments in Australian Buddhism: Facets of the Diamond

1st Edition

By Michelle Spuler
February 27, 2015

This book examines the adaptation of Buddhism to the Australian sociocultural context. To gain insight into this process of cross-cultural adaptation, issues arising in the development of Diamond Sangha Zen Buddhist groups (one of the largest Zen lineages in the West) in Australia are ...

Pain and Its Ending The Four Noble Truths in the Theravada Buddhist Canon

Pain and Its Ending: The Four Noble Truths in the Theravada Buddhist Canon

1st Edition

By Carol Anderson
February 27, 2015

Demonstrates how the four noble truths are used thorughout the Pali canon as a symbol of Buddha's enlightenment and as a doctrine within a larger network of Buddha's teachings. Their unique nature rests in their function as a proposition and as a symbol in the Theravada canon....

The Glorious Deeds of Purna A Translation and Study of the Purnavadana

The Glorious Deeds of Purna: A Translation and Study of the Purnavadana

1st Edition

By Joel Tatelman
February 27, 2015

By providing an annotated translation of, and applying the methods of literary criticism to, a first-century account of the life of the saint Purna, this study introduces the reader to the richness and complexity of an essential Buddhist genre....

Women in the Footsteps of the Buddha Struggle for Liberation in the Therigatha

Women in the Footsteps of the Buddha: Struggle for Liberation in the Therigatha

1st Edition

By Kathryn R. Blackstone
May 16, 2014

A detailed exploration of the quest for liberation on the part of the early bhikkunis. Only text in the Buddhist tradition of known female authorship. Important to anyone investigating women's own perspective on their religion. Also provides a clear statement about how renunciants understand ...

Tibetan and Zen Buddhism in Britain Transplantation, Development and Adaptation

Tibetan and Zen Buddhism in Britain: Transplantation, Development and Adaptation

1st Edition

By David N Kay
March 31, 2014

This book analyses the transplantation, development and adaptation of the two largest Tibetan and Zen Buddhist organizations currently active on the British religious landscape: the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC). The key contributions of recent ...

Buddhist Practice and Visual Culture The Visual Rhetoric of Borobudur

Buddhist Practice and Visual Culture: The Visual Rhetoric of Borobudur

1st Edition

By Julie Gifford
March 19, 2014

Providing an overall interpretation of the Buddhist monument Borobudur in Indonesia, this book looks at Mahayana Buddhist religious ideas and practices that could have informed Borobudur, including both the narrative reliefs and the Buddha images. The author explores a version of the classical ...

Buddhist and Christian? An Exploration of Dual Belonging

Buddhist and Christian?: An Exploration of Dual Belonging

1st Edition

By Rose Drew
March 07, 2014

The last century witnessed a gradual but profound transformation of the West's religious landscape. In today's context of diversity, people are often influenced by, and sometimes even claim to belong to, more than one religious tradition. Buddhism and Christianity is a particularly prevalent and ...

Buddhism in Canada

Buddhism in Canada

1st Edition

Edited By Bruce Matthews
February 14, 2014

Buddhism has become a major religion in Canada over the last half-century. The 'ethnic Buddhism' associated with immigrant Asian people is the most important aspect, but there is also a growing constituency of Euro-Canadian Buddhists seriously interested in the faith. This insightful study&...

Buddhist Phenomenology A Philosophical Investigation of Yogacara Buddhism and the Ch'eng Wei-shih Lun

Buddhist Phenomenology: A Philosophical Investigation of Yogacara Buddhism and the Ch'eng Wei-shih Lun

1st Edition

By Dan Lusthaus
January 06, 2003

A richly complex study of the Yogacara tradition of Buddhism, divided into five parts: the first on Buddhism and phenomenology, the second on the four basic models of Indian Buddhist thought, the third on karma, meditation and epistemology, the fourth on the Trimsika and its translations, and ...

The Spread of Tibetan Buddhism in China Charisma, Money, Enlightenment

The Spread of Tibetan Buddhism in China: Charisma, Money, Enlightenment

1st Edition

By Dan Smyer Yu
January 03, 2014

Focusing on contemporary Tibetan Buddhist revivals in the Tibetan regions of the Sichuan and Qinghai Provinces in China, this book explores the intricate entanglements of the Buddhist revivals with cultural identity, state ideology, and popular imagination of Tibetan Buddhist spirituality in ...

Empty Vision Metaphor and Visionary Imagery in Mahayana Buddhism

Empty Vision: Metaphor and Visionary Imagery in Mahayana Buddhism

1st Edition

By David McMahan
December 19, 2013

Visual metaphors in a number of Mahayana sutras construct a discourse in which visual perception serves as a model for knowledge and enlightenment. In the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita) and other Mahayana literature, immediate access to reality is symbolized by vision and set in opposition ...

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