Abstract

Contemporary Buddhist studies has been strongly affected by its origins in the Victorian era, when Western religious scholars sought to rationalize and historicize the study of religion. Modern Asian scholars, trained within the Western scholarly paradigm, share this prejudice in avor of the rational. The result is a skewed understanding of Buddhism, emphasizing its philosophical and theoretical aspects at the expense of seemingly "irrational" religious elements based on the direct experience of meditation practice.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 426-440
Launched on MUSE
2002-12-01
Open Access
No
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