Special Issue "Buddhism in Modernity: Thriving or Threatened?"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ronald E. Purser

Department of Management, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94044, USA
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Interests: mindfulness; Buddhist ethics; Buddhist meditation; Buddhist modernism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Buddhism, the most protean of religions, has never been more widespread or influential as in the last fifty years. Yet many scholars and practitioners see Buddhism less as thriving and more as threatened by its very intimate and receptive contact with modernity in the form of the scientific-materialistic zeitgeist, global capitalism, consumerism, psychologization, decontextualization and perennialism. Numerous scholars and practitioners have called for a more socially engaged and critical Buddhist praxis that could serve as a countervailing force to address the proliferation of urgent social, political, economic and climate crises. We invite scholarship from all disciplines to address either or both sides of this question, with respect to the secular mindfulness movement, secular Buddhism, traditional Buddhism in modern contexts, Buddhist modernism, socially-engaged Buddhism, Buddhism and Marxism, and Buddhist Socialism.

Prof. Dr. Ronald E. Purser
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Buddhist Modernism
  • mindfulness
  • secular Buddhism
  • socially-engaged Buddhism
  • Buddhist socialism

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Open AccessArticle Vulnerability, Response-Ability, and the Promise of Making Refuge
Religions 2019, 10(2), 80; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020080
Received: 6 December 2018 / Revised: 21 January 2019 / Accepted: 22 January 2019 / Published: 26 January 2019
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This paper proposes “making refuge” as a conceptual placeholder and an analytical rubric, a guiding ethos and praxis, for the engaged Buddhist aspiration of responding to the social, political, economic, and planetary crises facing the world. Making refuge is conceived as the work [...] Read more.
This paper proposes “making refuge” as a conceptual placeholder and an analytical rubric, a guiding ethos and praxis, for the engaged Buddhist aspiration of responding to the social, political, economic, and planetary crises facing the world. Making refuge is conceived as the work of building the conditions of trust and safety necessary for living and dying well together as co-inhabitants of diverse communities and habitats. The paper will explain the rationale for making refuge by connecting the dharmic understanding of dukkha with feminist conceptualizations of the body and vulnerability. This will chart some theoretical and methodological pathways for engaged Buddhism to further its liberatory aspirations in reciprocity with emergent movements in radical critical theory, contemplative studies, and social and ecological activism. The paper will also examine the effects of white supremacy in U.S. Buddhism through the framework of making refuge. This will demonstrate how political healing and restorative justice might be cultivated through a dispositional ethics that pays appropriate attention to the vulnerabilities facing oppressed people. Full article
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