The New Buddhism

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2002 - Philosophy - 276 pages

This is a manifesto for a more active, compassionate, and socially engaged Buddhism—one grounded in the Buddha's original intention. The New Buddhism asserts that Buddha was a radical critic of society, and that his vision of a new social order transcended racial and economic divisions. Brazier takes a new look at many aspects of Buddhism and reinterprets them in light of the Buddha's social aims. Western and Eastern visions of enlightenment are juxtaposed, and the author draws a line between 'extinction Buddhism' and 'liberation Buddhism'—the former seeks to release the individual from the world, while the latter seeks to perfect the world by freeing it from the forces of greed, hatred, and delusion. The New Buddhism states clearly and boldly that Buddhism should be—and originally was—about engagement with the world. This illuminating guide brings Buddhism to the West and into contemporary life in an accessible and thought-provoking way. It shows that for genuine renewal, Buddhism must be about more than contemplation and personal growth but also about the practice of truth, and having compassion for all.

 

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Very good in terms of his personal essentially non-mysical down to earth conceptions of Buddhist concepts. The authors pragmatic social-humanistic call to arms is inspiring and this prompted me to ... Read full review

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A London-based psychotherapist and teacher in the Order of Amida Buddha, Brazier continues an argument he presented earlier in The Feeling Buddha. In this well-written, accessible, and frequently ... Read full review

Contents

Creating a Buddha Field
14
Liberating Buddhism
62
Varieties of Enlightenment
80
Chinese Enlightenments
96
Utopian Studies
119
Part
133
Part
146
The Corruption of Lineage
161
The TeacherDisciple Relationship
178
Vision and Reality
197
Declaring the Republic of Sukhavati
212
Going Forth
228
Resurgence
248
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David Brazier is the author of The Feeling Buddha and Zen Therapy. A registered psychotherapist who lives in London, Brazier is spiritual teacher to the Order of Amida Buddha, a religious community dedicated to socially engaged Buddhism.

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