Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

by Richard Cohen
Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

by Richard Cohen

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Overview

The vast majority of books on Buddhism describe the Buddha using the word enlightened, rather than awakened. This bias has resulted in Buddhism becoming generally perceived as the eponymous religion of enlightenment.

Beyond Enlightenment is a sophisticated study of some of the underlying assumptions involved in the study of Buddhism (especially, but not exclusively, in the West). It investigates the tendency of most scholars to ground their study of Buddhism in these particular assumptions about the Buddha’s enlightenment and a particular understanding of religion, which is traced back through Western orientalists to the Enlightenment and the Protestant Reformation.

Placing a distinct emphasis on Indian Buddhism, Richard Cohen adeptly creates a work that will appeal to those with an interest in Buddhism and India and also scholars of religion and history.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781134192045
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/21/2006
Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 150,486
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

About The Author

Richard S. Cohen is Associate Professor of South Asian Religious Literatures at the University of California, San Diego. This is his first book, though he has published numerous articles in such venues as the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and History of Religions. He is now working on a study of Buddhism and counterculture.

Table of Contents

Preface  1. A Benign Introduction  2. A Place of Exceptional Universal Value  3. A Tale of Two Histories  4. The Anthropology of Enlightenment  5. What Do Gods Have to Do With Enlightenment?  6. A Baroque. Conclusion.  Bibliography.  Index

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