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Teaching Buddhism: New Insights on Understanding and Presenting the Traditions

Todd Lewis and Gary deAngelis

Abstract

Part of the AAR series on Teaching Religion, this book connects the imagined community of college instructors of Buddhism with the work of leading scholars who are updating, revising, and correcting earlier understandings of Buddhist traditions on a variety of scholarly horizons. Chapters present new content on Buddhism and reflect on how courses can be enhanced with new insights. Part I “Updating Perennial Course Subjects” focuses on central figures and traditions in undergraduate courses on Buddhism: the role of philosophy in the tradition, understanding the philosopher Nāgārjuna, presenting ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, pedagogy, ritual, philosophy, undergraduate, praxis, ethics, modernity, engaged, scholar-practitioner

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199373093
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373093.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Lewis, editor
Lecturer, Associate Director of Special Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Gary deAngelis, editor
Murray Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities and Professor of World Religion, College of the Holy Cross

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Contents

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Part I Updating Perennial Course Subjects

2 Teaching Nāgārjuna

Roger R. Jackson

Part II Reimagining the Content of “Buddhism”

6 In Defense of the Dharma

Thomas Borchert and Ian Harris

Part III Issues in Teaching, Practice, and Connecting Students with the Tradition

Part IV Buddhism and the American Context

12 When the Iron Bird Flies

Charles Prebish

Part V Buddhism in New Academic Fields

17 Buddhist Environmentalism

Leslie E. Sponsel and Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel