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Modern Buddhist Bible, A

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The first book to bring together the key texts of modern Buddhism.

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A Modern Buddhist Bible includes writing by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, T'ai Hsu, Cheng Yen, Shaku Soen, D. T. Suzuki, Alan Watts, Gary Snyder, Shunryu Suzuki and others who have played a role in the rich and complex movement that fused Eastern insight with Western consciousness.


"Prolific Tibetan Buddhist scholar Lopez assembles a canon for today's Buddhism: a selection of 20th-century texts that have shaped modern Western-American Buddhism, which Lopez considers a sect in the same way that Thai or Tibetan Buddhism is a sect. The cast of characters includes some surprises, such as Theosophist Helena Blavatsky, as well as such usual suspects as Paul Carus, Alan Watts and W.Y. Evans-Wentz, who made The Tibetan Book of the Dead an accessible text.

The selections are themselves diverse. The earlier 20th century writers provide fascinating views of the beginnings of the modern Asian-Western encounter of belief systems in the context of evolving postcolonial political awareness. An astute essay by Watts from 1959 on Beat Zen, Square Zen and Zen might be worth the price of the book.

Poems written by Allen Ginsberg about the death of maverick Tibetan Buddhist guru Trungpa Rinpoche simply resonate. The book is a great contribution to bridging the gap between the text-and-language camp of academic Buddhists and the practice, practice, practice camp of modern Buddhist adepts."       ~Publishers Weekly

Editor Lopez Jr., Donald S.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 266 pp.
Publisher Beacon Press 2002
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