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Buddhism teaches that to become happy, greed, ill-will, and delusion must be transformed into their positive counterparts: generosity, compassion, and wisdom. The history of the West, like all histories, has been plagued by the consequences of greed, ill-will, and delusion. A Buddhist History of the West investigates how individuals have tried to ground themselves to make themselves feel more real. To be self-conscious is to experience ungroundedness as a sense of lack, but what is lacking has been understood differently in different historical periods. Author David R. Loy examines how the understanding of lack changes at historical junctures and shows how those junctures were so crucial in the development of the West.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Toward a Buddhist Perspective
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. One. The Lack of Freedom
  2. pp. 17-40
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  1. Two. The Lack of Progress
  2. pp. 41-64
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  1. Three. The Renaissance of Lack
  2. pp. 65-85
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  1. Four. The Lack of Modernity
  2. pp. 87-124
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  1. Five. The Lack of Civil Society
  2. pp. 125-170
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  1. Six. Preparing for Something That Never Happens
  2. pp. 171-195
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  1. Seven. The Religion of the Market
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. Afterword: The Future of Lack
  2. pp. 211-215
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-222
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 223-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-244
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791489123
Related ISBN
9780791452592
MARC Record
OCLC
53226295
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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