Buddhisms in Asia

Traditions, Transmissions, and Transformations

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Editor(s): 
Nicholas S. Brasovan and Micheline M. Soong
  • Albany: 
    State University of New York Press
    , September
     2019.
     210 pages.
     $95.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781438475851.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

A guide to Buddhism’s rich variety of traditions and cultural expressions for educators who would like to include Buddhism in their undergraduate courses.

Over its long history, Buddhism has never been a simple monolithic phenomenon, but rather a complex living tradition—or better, a family of traditions—continually shaped by and shaping a vast array of social, economic, political, literary, and aesthetic contexts across East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Written by undergraduate educators, Buddhisms in Asia offers a guide to Buddhism’s rich variety of traditions and cultural expressions for educators who would like to include Buddhism in their undergraduate courses. It introduces fundamental yet often underrepresented Buddhist texts, concepts, and material in their historical contexts; presents the major “ecologies” of Buddhist belief, practice, and cultural expression; and provides methodological insights regarding how best to infuse Buddhist content into undergraduate courses in the humanities and social sciences. The text aims to represent “Buddhisms” by approaching the subject from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, including art history, anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, and pedagogy.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Nicholas S. Brasovan is associate professor of philosophy and religion at the University of Central Arkansas and the author of Neo-Confucian Ecological Humanism: An Interpretive Engagement with Wang Fuzhi (1619–1692), also published by SUNY Press.

Micheline M. Soong is associate professor of comparative literature at Hawaiʻi Pacific University.

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