Buddhism in the Modern World explores the challenges faced by Buddhism today, the distinctive forms that it has taken and the individuals and movements that have shaped it. Part One discusses the modern history of Buddhism in different geographical regions, from Southeast Asia to North America. Part Two examines key themes including globalization, gender issues, and the ways in which Buddhism has confronted modernity, science, popular culture and national politics. Each chapter is written by a distinguished scholar in the field and includes photographs, summaries, discussion points and suggestions for further reading. The book provides a lively and up-to-date overview that is indispensable for both students and scholars of Buddhism.

chapter |6 pages


part |2 pages

Part one: Buddhism in its Geographical Contexts

part |2 pages

Part two: Buddhism and the Challenges of Modernity

chapter 8|18 pages

Buddhist Modernism – David L. McMahan

chapter 10|20 pages

Socially Engaged Buddhism

chapter 11|18 pages

Buddhist Ethics: A Critique – Damien Keown

chapter 13|16 pages

Buddhism and Gender

chapter 16|20 pages

Buddhism, Media and Popular Culture