By Brian Bocking,Phibul Choompolpaisal,Laurence Cox,Alicia M Turner
In the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, Buddhism in Asia was once remodeled by means of the effect of colonial modernity and new applied sciences and started to unfold in earnest to the West. Transnational networking between Asian Buddhists and early western converts engendered pioneering makes an attempt to boost new types of Buddhism for a globalized global, in methods now not managed by way of any unmarried sect or area. Drawing on new learn by way of students around the globe, this ebook brings jointly the most amazing episodes and personalities of a interval of virtually a century from 1860-1960. Examples contain Indian intellectuals who observed Buddhism as a homegrown direction for a contemporary post-colonial destiny, terrible whites ‘going local’ as Asian priests, a Brooklyn-born monk who sought to transform Mussolini, and the failed Fifties try and educate British priests to set up a Thai sangha in Britain. a few of these tales signify inventive disasters, paths no longer taken, that can exhibit us substitute probabilities for a extra varied Buddhism in a global ruled via spiritual nationalisms. different pioneers prepared the ground for the mainstreaming of latest types of Buddhism in later a long time, in time for the post-1960s takeoff of ‘global Buddhism’.
This publication was once initially released as a unique factor of Contemporary Buddhism.
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A Buddhist Crossroads: Pioneer Western Buddhists and Asian Networks 1860-1960 by Brian Bocking,Phibul Choompolpaisal,Laurence Cox,Alicia M Turner