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The Agency of Images  

Susan L. Huntington

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Jul 2022
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May 2022
This chapter explores the relationships between Buddhist devotees and figurative images, particularly regarding images of Shakyamuni, which Buddhists conceive as enlivened beings possessed ... More

American Press Coverage of Buddhism from the 1870s to the Present  

Nick Street

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Aug 2012
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Nov 2012
An article published in the Chicago Daily Tribune on September 19, 1886, offered a distinctively nineteenth-century angle on “The Buddhist Mahatma Craze” then sweeping through the ranks of ... More

Aural Practices of Chanting and Protection  

Mahinda Deegalle

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Jul 2022
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May 2022
This chapter examines the power and associated practices of the recited word in Theravada Buddhist traditions. It highlights Sri Lankan Buddhist recitation practices, considering a variety ... More

Being and Its Other: Suicide in Buddhist Ethics  

Martin Kovan

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
As in many other religious and ethical traditions, the status of suicide in Buddhism is contested and ambiguous, from the earliest Pāli record through to twentieth-century Mahāyāna praxes, ... More

Bhikṣuṇī Ordination  

Bhikkhu Analayo

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter examines the legal details surrounding the full ordination of women into the Buddhist monastic traditions. These legal details need be appreciated in order to understand ... More

The Bodhisattva Precepts  

Paul Groner

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter has two major goals. The first is to introduce some of the major sets of bodhisattva precepts and to discuss their significance in both India and East Asia while paying ... More

Buddhism  

Maria Heim

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Dec 2007
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Sep 2009
Buddhism deals directly with the emotions as a chief concern of its doctrine and practice. The Buddha's core teaching of the Four Noble Truths begins with an emotional truth, that is, that ... More

Buddhism  

Andrew Skilton

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
The article examines evidence for characteristic Buddhist positions regarding the nature and soteriological status of deities. It establishes that deities are but one of several classes of ... More

Buddhism and Animal Rights  

Paul Waldau

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
The Buddhist tradition is justifiably known for its commitment to the primacy of ethical reflection. On the issue of nonhuman animals, the tradition-wide commitment to an undertaking to ... More

Buddhism and Gender  

Sharon A. Suh

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
This chapter examines the various attitudes toward female ordination and constructions of bodies in Buddhist texts, doctrine, and culture to provide an overview of the complexities of ... More

Buddhism and Media Technologies  

Gregory Price Grieve and Daniel Veidlinger

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Buddhism is flourishing on the Internet and digital media. However, the form and usage patterns of Buddhist media technologies have varied considerably from the earliest oral texts to the ... More

Buddhism and Race  

Adeana McNicholl

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May 2018
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Mar 2018
This chapter takes a step toward the theorization of discourses of race and racialization within the American Buddhist context. Far from being neutral observers, Buddhist Studies scholars ... More

Buddhism and Science  

B. Alan Wallace

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2009
While Buddhism is often referred to as a ‘non-theistic religion’, it has the potential to play a unique mediating role between theistic religions, with their emphasis on faith and divine ... More

Buddhism and Science as Ethical Discourse  

Francisca Cho

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
The discourse about the similarity and compatibility between Buddhism and science has persisted from the late nineteenth century into the current day as a central feature of contemporary ... More

Buddhism and Sexual Orientation  

Hsiao-Lan Hu

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Buddhism has the reputation of being tolerant of people with non-normative sexual orientations, and for the most part of its history Buddhism does not seek to control laypeople’s sexuality. ... More

Buddhism and Sexuality  

Amy Paris Langenberg

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
In surveying the discursive landscape of ancient, classical, and medieval Indo-Tibetan Buddhist sexual ethics, this chapter takes a Foucauldian approach that holds Buddhist sexual norms and ... More

Buddhism and the “Natural” Environment  

Julia Shaw

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Jul 2022
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May 2022
This chapter explores archaeology’s contribution to scholarly understandings of Buddhist attitudes toward the “natural” environment and the relevance of such material for global discourse ... More

Buddhism and Women  

Alice Collett

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter addresses the question of whether it can ever be doctrinally or ethically appropriate in Buddhism to discriminate against women. It does this by assessing arguments for female ... More

Buddhism in Africa  

Michel Clasquin-Johnson

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Some Africans were aware of Buddhism at a very early stage in history—indeed, some of the earliest evidence for Western knowledge of Buddhist traditions comes from Northeast Africa—yet ... More

Buddhism in Australia and Oceania  

Michelle Barker

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Buddhism’s development in Australia and Oceania is a history of transnational global flows in these regions, with the evolution of Buddhism in these countries being closely tied to ... More

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