As an incredibly diverse religious system, Buddhism is constantly changing. The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism offers a comprehensive collection of work by leading scholars in the field that tracks these changes up to the present day. Taken together, the book provides a blueprint to understanding Buddhism's past and uses it to explore the ways in which Buddhism has transformed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.The volume contains 41 essays, divided into two sections. The essays in the first section examine the historical development of Buddhist traditions throughout the world. These chapters cover familiar settings like India, Japan, and Tibet as well as the less well-known countries of Vietnam, Bhutan, and the regions of Latin America, Africa, and Oceania. Focusing on changes within countries and transnationally, this section also contains chapters that focus explicitly on globalization, such as Buddhist international organizations and diasporic communities. The second section tracks the relationship between Buddhist traditions and particular themes. These chapters review Buddhist interactions with contemporary topics such as violence and peacebuilding, and ecology, as well as Buddhist influences in areas such as medicine and science.Offering coverage that is both expansive and detailed, The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism delves into some of the most debated and contested areas within Buddhist Studies today.
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ContributorsIntroduction: The Buddhist System in TransitionMichael Jerryson, Youngstown State UniversityPart I: Regions South Asian1. Contemporary Sri Lankan Buddhist TraditionsMahinda Deegalle, Bath Spa University 2. Buddhism in Contemporary IndiaDavid Geary, University of British Columbia, Okanagan and Sraman Mukherjee, Presidency University, Kolkata3. Buddhism in Contemporary BhutanSamdrup Rigyal, Royal University of Bhutan and Alyson Prude, Georgia Southern UniversityEast Asian4. Contemporary Chinese Buddhist TraditionsMario Poceski, University of Florida 5. Contemporary Korean Buddhist TraditionsMark A. Nathan, University at Buffalo, SUNY 6. Contemporary Japanese Buddhist Traditions Elisabetta Porcu, University of Cape Town Central Asian7. Contemporary Tibetan BuddhismAbraham Zablocki, Agnes Scott College 8. Contemporary Mongolian BuddhismVesna Wallace, University of California, Santa Barbara and Christine Murphy, University of California, Santa BarbaraSoutheast Asian9. Contemporary Vietnamese BuddhismAlexander Soucy, Saint Mary's University10. Contemporary Thai BuddhismRachelle Scott, University of Tennessee 11. Contemporary Burmese BuddhismNiklas Foxeus, Stockholm University 12. Contemporary Cambodian Buddhist Traditions: Seen from the PastAshley Thompson, SOAS, University of London 13. Contemporary Buddhism in MalaysiaJeffrey Samuels, Western Kentucky University 14. Contemporary Lao BuddhismPatrice Ladwig, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology European-American15. Buddhism in Latin AmericaCristina Rocha, University of Western Sydney16. U.S. Buddhist TraditionsJoseph Cheah, University of Saint Joseph 17. European Buddhist TraditionsLaurence Cox, National University of Ireland Southern18. Buddhism in AfricaMichel Clasquin-Johnson, University of South Africa 19. Buddhism in Australia and the OceaniaMichelle Barker, James Cook University Global20. Diasporic Buddhisms and Convert CommunitiesJohn Nelson, University of San Francisco 21. Buddhist International OrganizationsBrooke Schedneck, Chiang Mai University Part II: Modalities Material Culture22. Buddhist Relics and PilgrimageJovan Maud, Georg-August University, Göttingen 23. Contemporary Buddhist Architecture: From reliquary to theme parkLawrence Chua, Syracuse University24. Contemporary Buddhism and IconographyJessica Patterson, University of San Diego25. Buddhism and Media TechnologiesGregory Price Grieve, University of North Carolina, Greensboro andDaniel Veidlinger, California State University- ChicoSocial Engagement26. Contemporary Buddhism and EcologySusan M. Darlington, Hampshire College 27. Buddhism, Business, and EconomicsTrine Brox, University of Copenhagen and Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg, University of Copenhagen28. Contemporary Buddhism and EducationVladimir Tikhonov, University of Oslo29. Buddhism, Nationalism and GovernanceMatthew J. Walton, St. Antony's College 30. Buddhism, Conflict, and PeacebuildingMichael Jerryson, Youngstown State UniversityPractices31. Contemporary Buddhism, Chanting and MusicPaul Greene, Penn State, Brandywine32. Buddhist Healing and Taming in TibetBarbara Gerke, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 33. Contemporary Buddhism and MagicErick White, Cornell University 34. Contemporary Tantric Buddhist TraditionsDavid Gray, Santa Clara University 35. Buddhism and DeathMark Rowe, McMaster UniversityIdentity36. Buddhism and GenderSharon Suh, Seattle University 37. Buddhism, Race, and EthnicityJoseph Cheah, University of Saint Joseph 38. Buddhism and Sexual OrientationHsiao-Lan Hu, University of Detroit Mercy 39. Buddhist Encounters with DiversityDonald Swearer Academics40. Buddhism and Science as Ethical DiscourseFrancisca Cho, Georgetown University41. The Contemporary Study of BuddhismNathan McGovern, Dalhousie University Index