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The scientific Buddha : his short and happy life

Author: Donald S Lopez
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2012] ©2012
Series: Terry lectures.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald S Lopez
ISBN: 9780300159127 0300159129
OCLC Number: 785865190
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 148 pages ; 22 cm.
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.
Series Title: Terry lectures.
Responsibility: Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

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How Western notions of the Buddha have come to misrepresent his teachings and the traditional goals of Buddhist practice  Read more...

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"This edifying and often witty book is not only about busting myths. It also ventures what Buddhism - now purged of the apocryphal "scientific Buddha" - might indeed teach the world today about Read more...

 
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