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This is the first book to examine 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 emerge 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.
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- Date Published: February 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521033855
- length: 200 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 139 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.26kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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'?
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