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By Brian Bocking,Phibul Choompolpaisal,Laurence Cox,Alicia M Turner

In the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, Buddhism in Asia was once reworked through the impression of colonial modernity and new applied sciences and started to unfold in earnest to the West. Transnational networking between Asian Buddhists and early western converts engendered pioneering makes an attempt to advance new types of Buddhism for a globalized global, in methods now not managed by means of any unmarried sect or zone. Drawing on new examine by means of students all over the world, this publication brings jointly the most outstanding episodes and personalities of a interval of virtually a century from 1860-1960. Examples comprise Indian intellectuals who observed Buddhism as a homegrown course for a contemporary post-colonial destiny, terrible whites ‘going local’ as Asian priests, a Brooklyn-born monk who sought to transform Mussolini, and the failed Nineteen Fifties try and educate British clergymen to set up a Thai sangha in Britain. a few of these tales signify artistic disasters, paths no longer taken, which could convey us substitute chances for a extra different Buddhism in a global ruled via spiritual nationalisms. different pioneers lead the way for the mainstreaming of recent types of Buddhism in later many years, in time for the post-1960s takeoff of ‘global Buddhism’.


This e-book was once initially released as a unique factor of Contemporary Buddhism.

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