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British Discovery of Buddhism
By: Philip C. Almond

The British Discovery of Buddhism, Philip C. Almond


 
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Author: Philip C. Almond
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780521033855
Publication Date: 2007

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It was only during the nineteenth-century that Buddhism became, in the Western mind, an independent religion. The Buddha emerged from the realm of myth and stepped onto the historical stage. Buddhism was distinguished from Hinduism and identified with much of the religious life of the East.

This book examines the British discovery of Buddhism during the Victorian period. It analyses the way in which Buddhism was constructed and interpreted in the West, especially in Britain.

Victorian interpretations in Buddhism - of its founder, its doctrines, its ethics, its social practices, its truth and value - also reveal the world in which such interpretations took place. Thus this book demonstrates not only the way in which Buddhism was discovered, but also how the Victorian interpretation of Buddhism illuminates the world of nineteenth-century Britain. In its discovery of Buddhism, the nineteenth-century revealed not only Buddhism but unique aspects of itself.

The British Discovery of Buddhism, Philip C. Almond, Cambridge University Press, Paperback, 200 pages, $44.99

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