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

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
Author
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 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 potent challenge, even to our modern world
Member of
Cataloging source
CDX
Dewey number
294.3/365
Index
index present
LC call number
BQ4570.S3
LC item number
L68 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
The Terry lectures
Label
The scientific Buddha : his short and happy life, Donald S. Lopez, Jr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn817540015
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780300159134
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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  • 22573/ctt2zzptc
  • 391678
  • b55bf90f-226c-44d3-a11c-c428cc6e2798
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b32204759
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)817540015
  • pebcs0300159137

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
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