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Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism Through the Lives of Practitioners
Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism Through the Lives of Practitioners


 
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Author: Todd Lewis
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780470658772
Publication Date: 2014

Product Code: 9780470658185
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Traditional understandings of Buddhism have often been drawn from the perspective of the minority spiritual and philosophical elite. Buddhists: Understanding Buddhism through the Lives of Believers redresses this imbalance by exploring a fascinating series of life histories of individuals whose lives are far more representative of the ways in which Buddhists throughout time have embodied the tradition.

This text brings together a wide-ranging and representative collection of biographies featuring both historical and modern Buddhists, many written by leading scholars, linking their beliefs and practices to the development of Buddhism in their time and place. This series of compelling biographies of householder practitioners, as well as prominent monastics, is designed for easy comparison; the book provides a unique and fascinating perspective from which to understand Buddhism 'on the ground'.

Each section is introduced by the editor, himself a leading Buddhist scholar, who skillfully locates it within Buddhist history, belief and sociology. The case studies have been carefully chosen to cover a range of Asian and modern Western Buddhists, as well as a range of historical periods, gender, and class, to provide an overview uniquely rich in diversity, texture, and educational value.

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