By Richard Cohen
The overwhelming majority of books on Buddhism describe the Buddha utilizing the observe enlightened, instead of woke up. This bias has led to Buddhism turning into typically perceived because the eponymous faith of enlightenment.
Beyond Enlightenment is a cosmopolitan examine of a few of the underlying assumptions fascinated with the learn of Buddhism (especially, yet now not completely, within the West). It investigates the tendency of such a lot students to flooring their learn 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 unique emphasis on Indian Buddhism, Richard Cohen adeptly creates a piece that would attract people with an curiosity in Buddhism and India and likewise students of faith and history.
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Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism) by Richard Cohen