Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

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Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

by Richard Cohen

Routledge | June 13, 2006 | Hardcover

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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 Enlightenmentis 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 in

Published: June 13, 2006

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415372941

ISBN - 13: 9780415372947

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

by Richard Cohen

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 in

Published: June 13, 2006

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415372941

ISBN - 13: 9780415372947

About the Book

<P>The vast majority of books on Buddhism describe the Buddha using the word enlightened, rather than awakened. This bias prevails in extraordinary manner, and Buddhism has become generally perceived as being the eponymous religion of enlightenment. This book is a sophisticated study of some of the assumptions underlying and ramifications involved in the study of "Buddhism" (especially, but not exclusively, in the West), and of the tendency of most scholars to ground their study of "Buddhism" in 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 particular emphasis on Indian Buddhism, Richard Cohen adeptly creates a work that is of interest to buddhologists, indologists, scholars of comparative religion, and intellectual historians.</P>

Table of Contents

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

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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 Enlightenmentis a sophisticated study of some of the underlying assumptions involved in the study of Buddhism &#40;especially, but not exclusively, in the West&#41;. 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.

About the Author

Richard S. Cohenis 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 theJournal of the American Academy of ReligionandHistory of Religions. He is now working on a study of Buddhism and counterculture.