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March 08 , 2010

Buddhism Across Asia

Networks of Material, Intellectual and Cultural Exchange


“Buddhism across Asia is a must-read for anyone interested in the history and spread of Buddhism in Asia. It comprises a rich collection of articles written by leading experts in their fields. Together, the contributions provide an in-depth analysis of Buddhist history and transmission in Asia over a period of more than 2000 years. Aspects examined include material culture, politics, economy, languages and texts, religious institutions, practices and rituals, conceptualisations, and philosophy, while the geographic scope of the studies extends from India to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Readers’ knowledge of Buddhism is constantly challenged by the studies presented, incorporating new materials and interpretations. Rejecting the concept of a reified monolithic and timeless ‘Buddhism’, this publication reflects the entangled ‘dynamic and multi-dimensional’ history of Buddhism in Asia over extended periods of ‘integration’, ‘development of multiple centres’, and ‘European expansion’, which shaped the religion’s regional and trans-regional identities.”— Max Deeg, Cardiff University

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