Contemporary Buddhism

ISSNs: 1463-9947, 1476-7953

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    Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms: by Shayne Clarke, University of Hawaii Press, 2013, 296 pp., $52.00 (hbk), ISBN: 9780824836474. [REVIEW]Brenna Grace Artinger - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):173-176.
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    Forgiveness American-Style: Origins and Status of Forgiveness in North American Buddhism.Donna Lynn Brown - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):18-66.
    ABSTRACT Many Buddhist teachers in North America teach forgiveness: an attitude of non-anger not conditional on wrongdoers repairing their wrongs. Classical Buddhist texts and premodern Buddhist cultures also taught forgiveness: the act of reconciling after wrongdoers repaired wrongs. This article describes traditional Buddhist forgiveness processes, analyses how new processes to forgive arose in North America, and outlines the current state of Buddhist forgiveness teachings there. It shows that the predominant way North American Buddhists now teach forgiveness is new. It developed (...)
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    The Influence of the Ideas of Confucianism with the Ideas of Taoism and Buddhism on Chinese Folk Vocals: On the Example of the Performance of Songs from the Shi Jing (Book of Songs).Yinying Cai - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):152-169.
    ABSTRACT The research purpose is to investigate the influence of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism on Chinese folklore vocals and their elements in modern music. The research methodology is based on descriptive, comparative, interpretative and statistical analysis (Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient). The analysis of the folk vocals of each thematic group among 110 folk songs of the Shi Jing supports the argument that Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism had the greatest influence on the vocals. During the analysis, it was determined that folk (...)
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    Secularizing Buddhism: New Perspectives on a Dynamic Tradition: by Richard K. Payne, Boulder, Colorado, Shambhala, 2021. 360pp., Pbk. $24,95 ISBN: 9781611808896. [REVIEW]Chandra Chiara Ehm - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):176-181.
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    The Training Anthology of Śāntideva: A Translation of the Śikṣā-samuccaya: by Charles Goodman, New York, Oxford University Press, 2016, 433 pp., $41.95 (pbk), ISBN-13: 9780199391349. [REVIEW]Patricia Guernelli Palazzo Tsai - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):181-184.
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    Restoring Lumbinī: Theravāda Buddhism and Heritage on the Nepal Frontier.Blayne K. Harcey - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):131-151.
    ABSTRACT The construction of the modern Buddhist ‘Holy Land’, in present-day India and Nepal, was part and parcel of the formation of Buddhism as a world religion in the early twentieth century and continues to represent a potent expression of Buddhist materiality in the contemporary moment. This article explores the location of the Buddha’s birthplace at Lumbinī within the discourse of modern Theravāda missionisation, reform and preservation. I assert that the project of locating and restoring Lumbinī was essential to Buddhism’s (...)
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    The Divided Brain, Metaphysical Idealism, and Buddhist Mindfulness Practice.Terry Hyland - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):67-83.
    ABSTRACT The exponential expansion of mindfulness-based applications in education, psychology and psychotherapy, workplace training and mind/body well-being in general over the last few decades has been accompanied by wide-ranging claims about the impact of mindfulness on the brain. Arguments in this sphere have been supported by data taken from neuroscience reporting changes in the brain structure and function of participants following mindfulness-based courses and personal meditation practice. The principal aim of this article is to inspect some of these claims and (...)
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    Chinese Buddhism in Africa: The Entanglement of Religion, Politics and Diaspora.Hangwei Li & Xuefei Shi - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):108-130.
    ABSTRACT This article delves into the advent of Chinese Buddhism in Africa and its entanglement with politics and the contemporary Chinese transnationalism. It explores the previously uncharted territory of the endeavours of Chinese Buddhist organisations and the transnational elements of Chinese religions in Africa. Drawing on ethnographic data from South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Malawi, this article examines the mobility of transnational Chinese Buddhism, probes retrospectively into its origins and drives, and investigates its connections with the evolving China–Africa/taiwan–africa engagements. We (...)
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    Why Does Buddhism Support International Humanitarian Law? – A Humanistic Perspective.Chien-Te Lin - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):2-17.
    ABSTRACT The core teaching of Buddhism revolves around understanding and alleviating suffering. Since the purpose of international humanitarian law (IHL) is to minimise suffering during armed conflict, by protecting the innocent and restricting the means and methods of warfare, Buddhists should support IHL. In this paper, I try not to utilise the Buddha’s well-known teachings such as karma, impermanence, non-self, emptiness, compassion and so on, to explain why Buddhists should support IHL. Instead, I present how and why Buddhism underlines the (...)
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    Dispelling the Darkness: A Jesuit’s Quest for the Soul of Tibet: by Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Thupten Jinpa, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2017, 302 pp., $41.00 (hardcover), ISBN-13: 978-0674659704. [REVIEW]James Harry Morris - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):184-187.
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    Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand: by Michael Jerryson, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. [REVIEW]Bruno Shirley - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):170-173.
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    Buddhism and Its Religious Others: Historical Encounters and Representations: edited by C. V. Jones, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2022, £65.00 (Hardback), ISBN 9780197266991. [REVIEW]Rafal K. Stepien - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):190-193.
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    Meditation Practices by Chinese Buddhists During COVID-19 Pandemic: Motivations, Activities, and Health Benefits.Ampere A. Tseng - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):84-107.
    ABSTRACT The purpose of this article is to examine the meditation practices of Chinese Buddhists during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on their motivation and activities, and the health benefits derived from meditation. Initially, the article delves into the motivations driving Chinese Buddhists to practise meditation. Subsequently, it explores the meditation-related activities undertaken by Chinese Buddhists. The article also investigates the role of faith in fostering resilience within the Chinese Buddhist community by exploring the medical benefits of meditation, with special emphasis (...)
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    Journeys of Transformation: Searching for No-Self in Western Buddhist Travel Narratives : by John D. Barbour, 1st ed., New York, Cambridge University Press, 2022, ‎ 342 pp., £ 29.99 (hardcover), ISBN 978-1009098830. [REVIEW]Ben Van Overmeire - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):196-199.
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    Lotus Blossoms and Purple Clouds: Monastic Buddhism in Post-Mao China: by Brian J. Nichols, Honolulu, University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2022, 271 pp., $68 (Hbk), ISBN-13: 978-0-82488-900-5. [REVIEW]Jinhui Wu - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):187-190.
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    Chinese Religious Funeral Paperwork Entombed with the Tomb Owner: by Jingchun Huang, China, Shanghai People’s Publishing House, March 2018, 138RMB (paperback), ISBN 9787208149724. [REVIEW]Liyong Zhang - 2022 - Contemporary Buddhism 23 (1-2):193-196.
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