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Buddhist Revivalist Movements

Comparing Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement

Authors: Lopez, Alan Robert

  • Compares the most dynamic schools of thought in World Buddhism, Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement
  • Considers the similarities and differences between the two schools
  • Presents new perspectives that have implications for Buddhist studies, comparative religion, and social science studies of religion. 
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About this book

This text provides a comparative investigation of the affinities and differences of two of the most dynamic currents in World Buddhism: Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement. Defying differences in denomination, culture, and historical epochs, these schools revived an unfettered quest for enlightenment and proceeded to independently forge like practices and doctrines. The author examines the teaching gambits and tactics, the methods of practice, the place and story line of teacher biography, and the nature and role of the awakening experience, revealing similar forms deriving from an uncompromising pursuit of awaking, the insistence on self-cultivation, and the preeminent role of the charismatic master. Offering a pertinent review of their encounters with modernism, the book provides a new coherence to these seemingly disparate movements, opening up new avenues for scholars and possibilities for practitioners.

About the authors

Alan Robert Lopez, Ph.D. was born and raised in New York City. He maintained a psychotherapy private practice in New England for more than twenty years and was a trainer in multi-year training programs for mental health professionals in the USA and Germany. Dr. Lopez has taught Buddhism at several universities in the US and Thailand, and been the Director of the Buddhist Forum, the educational department of the World Buddhist Fellowship. Dr. Lopez has had extensive exposure to Buddhism in each of its primary branches placing him in a unique position to comparatively study its schools and practices.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Entering the Mountains and Forests

    Lopez, Alan Robert

    Pages 1-11

  • Streams and Sources, Forests and Mountains

    Lopez, Alan Robert

    Pages 13-31

  • Fish Sauce and Plums: Teaching Tactics

    Lopez, Alan Robert

    Pages 33-57

  • Warriors of the Way: Practice and Path

    Lopez, Alan Robert

    Pages 59-84

  • Awakenings

    Lopez, Alan Robert

    Pages 85-111

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54086-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54349-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Buddhist Revivalist Movements
Book Subtitle
Comparing Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54086-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54086-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54349-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 240
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