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Buddhism and Modernity

Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Series Editor
This series is devoted to books on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity across Asia, Europe, and North America. Every world religion, even the category of religion itself, can be seen as a product of modernity. But Buddhism seems to have a special relation to modernity. What we regard as Buddhism today, especially the common portrayal of the Buddhism of the Buddha, was formed largely by the new science of nineteenth-century philology, the projects of European and Japanese colonialism, and the transnational encounters of Buddhists traveling by steamship and locomotive. Buddhist studies has typically not sanctioned research on the modern period, in part because of its traditional emphasis on doctrine and philosophy, and in part because modern Buddhism is not regarded as classical. The Buddhism and Modernity series remedies this situation. Volumes in the series include path-breaking studies for specialists in the field, synthetic works that present existing scholarship in new ways for students and general readers, and translations of important primary sources.