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date: 15 August 2020

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This Handbook examines the transformations to Buddhists, their beliefs, and practices throughout the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Over the centuries, Buddhism changed with modernity. These changes accelerated in diverse manners during the colonial and postcolonial periods. As each tradition offers its own distinctive historical and cultural context, Part I in the Handbook reviews the development of specific traditions. There are seven subsections that demarcate the regions from which various traditions emerged: South Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe/Americas, Southern, and Global. Part II tracks patterns and themes that relate to the diverse Buddhist traditions. In this section, chapters address the modes or manners in which Buddhist traditions manifest in the contemporary age.

Keywords: Buddhism, Global, modernity, postcolonial

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