Buddhist Studies

Buddhist studies as an umbrella term for the disinterested or nonapologetic inquiry into any aspect of Buddhism or Buddhist traditions generally refers to the modern, academic study of Buddhism in all forms. This approach became possible only with the development in post-Enlightenment Europe of the notion of a comparative study of religions; as a product of this tradition, Buddhist studies has always assumed an outsider's perspective, even when the scholars carrying out such studies are themselves Buddhists. The field is therefore an inherently etic, rather than emic, enterprise. This is what separates Buddhist studies, also sometimes referred to asBuddhology, from the practice of Buddhism, or from what some today call Buddhist theology.

Multimedia

Jainism and Buddhism: A Comparative Study

by Justin Blaha through Professor Rev. Dr. James Kenneth...

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Buddhism as a Civilization Matrix and the Current Global Crisis (10 of 10)

Robert Thurman spoke at UBC on Buddhism as a Civilization...

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Books

<a href="/book/concise-history-buddhism">A Concise History of Buddhism</a>
Andrew Skilton
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<a href="/book/ghost-festival-medieval-china">The Ghost Festival in Medieval...</a>
Stephen F. Teiser
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