By Richard Cohen
The overwhelming majority of books on Buddhism describe the Buddha utilizing the note enlightened, instead of woke up. This bias has ended in Buddhism turning into regularly perceived because the eponymous faith of enlightenment.
Beyond Enlightenment is a cosmopolitan learn of a few of the underlying assumptions concerned with the examine of Buddhism (especially, yet no longer completely, within the West). It investigates the tendency of such a lot students to floor their research of Buddhism in those specific assumptions in regards to the Buddha’s enlightenment and a selected figuring out of faith, that's traced again via Western orientalists to the Enlightenment and the Protestant Reformation.
Placing a different emphasis on Indian Buddhism, Richard Cohen adeptly creates a piece that may attract people with an curiosity in Buddhism and India and in addition students of faith and history.
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Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism) by Richard Cohen