1 Introduction Leaving Buddhism is a theme seldom addressed in Buddhist studies. Buddhism is generally perceived as a tolerant religion and followers are encouraged to scrutinise the Buddhist teachings and are free to leave the Buddhist faith. Buddhism does not sanction violence against apostates
Since Weber’s categorization of Buddhism as a “world rejecting” religion based on ascetic renunciation, there has been an underlying “Buddhacentric view of Buddhism” (Penner 2009) and a general bias against seeing the material and economic aspects of Buddhism, which in popular literature is most
Myōshinji, a living religion
The Political and Religious Culture of Early Tibet
Following the pattern of Buddhism’s spread elsewhere in Asia, the early Tibetan imperial court realized how useful normative Buddhist concepts were.
This work clearly shows that, while some beliefs and practices per se changed after the Tibetan Empire, the model of socio-political-religious leadership developed in that earlier period survived its demise and still constitutes a significant element in contemporary Tibetan Buddhist religious culture.
Edited by Ann Heirman and Stephan Peter Bumbacher
A Study of Liu Yiqing's (403–444) Youming lu
Mergen S. Ulanov, Valeriy N. Badmaev and Edward C. Holland
canon, the behaviour of individuals is deemed either virtuous or sinful. Under Buddhist canonical law, rules of behaviour were set forth in key texts associated with the Vinaya; this ethical code applied to the Buddhist community of monks, termed the Sangha. With the development and spread of Buddhism
1 Introduction This chapter examines narratives of Burmese Buddhists who have left the “traditional” Theravāda Buddhism in Burma, into which they were born, for the teachings – stamped “heretical” and illegal by the state – of a dissident Buddhist monk, Ashin Nyāna. Since 1980, the State and
nineteenth century, the more optimistic view gradually developed and spread (Pranke 2011 ; Braun 2008 ). In many Asian countries, varieties of so-called modern Buddhism emerged in the nineteenth century onward in response to, in negotiation with, and in opposition to projects of modernization and
Edited by Charles Orzech, Henrik Sørensen and Richard Payne
Contributors include: Barbara Ambrose, Anna Andreeva, Sarah Aptilon, Ian Astley, Clemente Beghi, Heather Blair, William Bodiford, Chen Jinhua, Paul Copp, Ronald M. Davidson, Lucia Dolce, Athanasios Drakakis, Donald Drummond, Ruth Dunnell, Jay Ford, David Gardiner, Rolf Giebel, Robert M. Gimello, David Gray, Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis, Nobumi Iyanaga, George Keyworth, Martin Lehnert, Hun Y. Lye, Shinya Mano, Richard M. McBride, Laura Meeks, Regan Murphy, Charles D. Orzech, Richard K. Payne, Klaus Pinte, Fabio Rambelli, Thierry Robouam, James Robson, Brian Ruppert, Neil Schmid, Gaynor Sekimori, Shen Weirong, Henrik H. Sørensen, Mark Unno, Pamela Winfield