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Author Almond, Philip C.

Title The British discovery of Buddhism / Philip C. Almond
Published Cambridge ; Melbourne : Cambridge University Press, 1988


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Description ix, 186 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: Preface -- Introduction -- 1. The discovery of Buddhism -- 2. Buddhism and the 'oriental mind' -- 3. The Buddha - from myth to history -- 4. The Victorians and Buddhist doctrine -- 5. Victorian precepts and Buddhist practice -- 6. 'The heathen in his blindness'? -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary This book examines the British discovery of Buddhism during the Victorian period. It was only during the nineteenth century that Buddhism became, in the western mind, a religious tradition separate from Hinduism. As a result, Buddha emerged from a realm of myth and was addressed as a historical figure. Almond's exploration of British interpretations of Buddhism - of its founder, its doctrines, its ethics, its social practices, its truth and value - illuminates more than the various aspects of Buddhist culture: it sheds light on the Victorian society making these judgements
Analysis Great Britain Buddhism 1837-1901
Great Britain Buddhism, 1837-1901
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 166-180
Notes English
Subject Buddhism -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Religion -- 19th century.
LC no. 87035506
ISBN 0521355036