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The scientific Buddha : his short and happy life, Donald S. Lopez, Jr

Label
The scientific Buddha : his short and happy life
Title
The scientific Buddha
Title remainder
his short and happy life
Statement of responsibility
Donald S. Lopez, Jr
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This book tells the story of the Scientific Buddha, "born" in Europe in the 1800s but commonly confused with the Buddha born in India 2,500 years ago. The Scientific Buddha was sent into battle against Christian missionaries, who were proclaiming across Asia that Buddhism was a form of superstition. He proved the missionaries wrong, teaching a dharma that was in harmony with modern science. And so his influence continues. Today his teaching of "mindfulness" is heralded as the cure for all manner of maladies, from depression to high blood pressure.In this potent critique, a well-known chronicler of the West's encounter with Buddhism demonstrates how the Scientific Buddha's teachings deviate in crucial ways from those of the far older Buddha of ancient India. Donald Lopez shows that the Western focus on the Scientific Buddha threatens to bleach Buddhism of its vibrancy, complexity, and power, even as the superficial focus on "mindfulness" turns Buddhism into merely the latest self-help movement. The Scientific Buddha has served his purpose, Lopez argues. It is now time for him to pass into nirvana. This is not to say, however, that the teachings of the ancient Buddha must be dismissed as mere cultural artifacts. They continue to present a meaningful challenge, even to our modern world"--Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lopez, Donald S.
Dewey number
294.3/365
Index
index present
LC call number
BQ4570.S3
LC item number
L68 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Terry lectures
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Buddhism and science
Label
The scientific Buddha : his short and happy life, Donald S. Lopez, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
A Purified Religion -- The Birth of the Scientific Buddha -- The Problem with Karma -- Interlude: A Primer on Buddhist Meditation -- The Death of the Scientific Buddha
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 148 p.
Isbn
9780300159127
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012015891
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2839562-01umb_inst
  • 2640117
  • (Sirsi) i9780300159127
  • (OCoLC)785865190
Label
The scientific Buddha : his short and happy life, Donald S. Lopez, Jr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
A Purified Religion -- The Birth of the Scientific Buddha -- The Problem with Karma -- Interlude: A Primer on Buddhist Meditation -- The Death of the Scientific Buddha
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xi, 148 p.
Isbn
9780300159127
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012015891
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2839562-01umb_inst
  • 2640117
  • (Sirsi) i9780300159127
  • (OCoLC)785865190

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