Buddhism and Transgression

The Appropriation of Buddhism in the Contemporary West


If Buddhism is to remain relevant to the contemporary era, through providing effective solutions to the proliferating and protean discursive problems encountered by its present-day practitioners, it cannot continue to ignore the role of discourse in the formation of subjectivity. In the interest of problematizing such ‘ignorance,’ this book explores the potential interface between Foucaultian discourse analysis and the development of an indigenous rationale for the practice of contemporary Western Buddhism, along with the growing significance of such a rationale for ‘traditional’ Buddhism in an era dominated by disciplinary/bio-power. Through doing so, this book radically re-conceptualizes the role of Buddhism in the world today by linking Buddhist practice with acts of discursive transgression.
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Biographical Note

Adrian Konik, DLitt et Phil (2007) in Religious Studies, University of South Africa, is a Senior Lecturer of Cultural Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He publishes regularly in the South African Journal of Art History.

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With a foreword by J.S. Krüger, Prof. Em., University of South Africa.


All those interested in the critical development of contemporary Buddhism, in both the West and the East, and in the growth of its political efficacy within the context of globalization.


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