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Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism


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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

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Early Buddhist Meditation: The Four Jhanas as the Actualization of Insight

Early Buddhist Meditation: The Four Jhanas as the Actualization of Insight

1st Edition

Keren Arbel
September 27, 2018

This book offers a new interpretation of the relationship between 'insight practice' (satipatthana) and the attainment of the four jhànas (i.e., right samàdhi), a key problem in the study of Buddhist meditation. The author challenges the traditional Buddhist understanding of the four jhànas as...

Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will: A Theory of Mental Freedom

Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will: A Theory of Mental Freedom

1st Edition

Rick Repetti
July 26, 2018

Traditionally, Buddhist philosophy has seemingly rejected the autonomous self. In Western philosophy, free will and the philosophy of action are established areas of research. This book presents a comprehensive analytical review of extant scholarship on perspectives on free will. It studies and...

Theravada Buddhism in Colonial Contexts

Theravada Buddhism in Colonial Contexts

1st Edition

Thomas Borchert
April 05, 2018

Over the course of the nineteenth century, most of the Theravada world of Southeast Asia came under the colonial domination of European powers. While this has long been seen as a central event in the development of modern forms of Theravada Buddhism, most discussions have focused on specific...

Women in Pāli Buddhism: Walking the Spiritual Paths in Mutual Dependence

Women in Pāli Buddhism: Walking the Spiritual Paths in Mutual Dependence

1st Edition

Pascale Engelmajer
January 22, 2018

The Pāli tradition presents a diverse and often contradictory picture of women. This book examines women’s roles as they are described in the Pāli canon and its commentaries. Taking into consideration the wider socio-religious context and drawing from early brahmanical literature and epigraphical...

Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora: Cultural re-signification in practice and institutions

Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora: Cultural re-signification in practice and institutions

1st Edition

Ana Cristina O. Lopes
January 22, 2018

The imperialist ambitions of China – which invaded Tibet in the late 1940s – have sparked the spectacular spread of Tibetan Buddhism worldwide, and especially in western countries. This work is a study on the malleability of a particular Buddhist tradition; on its adaptability in new contexts. The...

Reason and Experience in Tibetan Buddhism: Mabja Jangchub Tsöndrü and the Traditions of the Middle Way

Reason and Experience in Tibetan Buddhism: Mabja Jangchub Tsöndrü and the Traditions of the Middle Way

1st Edition

Thomas Doctor
October 23, 2017

Based on newly discovered texts, this book explores the barely known but tremendously influential thought of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Mabja Jangchub Tsöndrü (d. 1185).This Tibetan Buddhist master exercised significant influence on the interpretation of Madhyamaka thinking in Tibet during the...

Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism: In-Between Bodies

Death and Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism: In-Between Bodies

1st Edition

Tanya Zivkovic
October 12, 2017

Contextualising the seemingly esoteric and exotic aspects of Tibetan Buddhist culture within the everyday, embodied and sensual sphere of religious praxis, this book centres on the social and religious lives of deceased Tibetan Buddhist lamas. It explores how posterior forms – corpses, relics,...

Theravāda Buddhist Encounters with Modernity

Theravāda Buddhist Encounters with Modernity

1st Edition

Juliane Schober, Steven Collins
September 15, 2017

Although recent scholarship has shown that the term ‘Theravāda’ in the familiar modern sense is a nineteenth- and twentieth-century construct, it is now used to refer to the more than 150 million people around the world who practice that form of Buddhism. Buddhist practices such as meditation,...

The Refutation of the Self in Indian Buddhism: Candrakīrti on the Selflessness of Persons

The Refutation of the Self in Indian Buddhism: Candrakīrti on the Selflessness of Persons

1st Edition

James Duerlinger
May 18, 2017

Since the Buddha did not fully explain the theory of persons that underlies his teaching, in later centuries a number of different interpretations were developed. This book presents the interpretation by the celebrated Indian Buddhist philosopher, Candrakīrti (ca. 570–650 C.E.). Candrakīrti’s...

Birth in Buddhism: The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom

Birth in Buddhism: The Suffering Fetus and Female Freedom

1st Edition

Amy Paris Langenberg
May 16, 2017

Recent decades have seen a groundswell in the Buddhist world, a transnational agitation for better opportunities for Buddhist women. Many of the main players in the transnational nuns movement self-identify as feminists but other participants in this movement may not know or use the language of...

The Buddhist Art of Living in Nepal: Ethical Practice and Religious Reform

The Buddhist Art of Living in Nepal: Ethical Practice and Religious Reform

1st Edition

Lauren Leve
July 28, 2016

Theravada Buddhism has experienced a powerful and far-reaching revival in modern Nepal, especially among the Newar Buddhist laity, many of whom are reorganizing their lives according to its precepts, practices and ideals. This book documents these far-reaching social and personal transformations...

The Sound of Liberating Truth: Buddhist-Christian Dialogues in Honor of Frederick J. Streng

The Sound of Liberating Truth: Buddhist-Christian Dialogues in Honor of Frederick J. Streng

1st Edition

Paul Ingram, Sallie B. King
July 11, 2016

Offers essays and dialogues by well-known Buddhist and Christian scholars on topics that were of primary interest to Frederick J. Streng, in whose honour the volume was created. Topics include interreligious dialogue, ultimate reality, nature and ecology, social and political issues of liberation,...

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