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Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

by Richard Cohen
Editor Richard Cohen

Routledge | April 29, 2009 | Trade Paperback

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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: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 in

Published: April 29, 2009

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415544440

ISBN - 13: 9780415544443

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity

by Richard Cohen
Editor Richard Cohen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 in

Published: April 29, 2009

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415544440

ISBN - 13: 9780415544443

About the Book

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.

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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.

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.