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What Is This?

James-William Coleman

in The New Buddhism

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152418
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849314 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152418.003.0001
What Is This?

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This chapter begins by discussing Buddhist tradition, Buddhism in the West, and Buddhism in postmodern society. It argues that all forms of Buddhism—whether it is the new Western Buddhism, the ethnic Buddhism of the migrant enclaves, or traditional Asian Buddhism—share a common quest: liberation from greed, hatred, and delusion and the suffering they cause. Their paths to that goal, however, often take markedly different directions. In most forms of traditional Buddhism there is sharp distinction between the lay people and the monks, nuns, and priests. In the new Buddhism, this fundamental distinction between monk and layperson is almost wiped away.

Keywords: Western Buddhism; traditional Asian Buddhism; Buddhists; religious beliefs; distinction

Chapter.  8071 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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