Talk:Buddhist modernism

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Suzuki's discussion of Buddhist traditional context in Japan[edit]

Remember Suzuki's Manual of Zen Buddhism (Kyoto: Eastern Buddhist Soc. 1934, London: Rider & Company, 1956)? This includes translations of some of the ritual incantations and recitations, besides being a collection of Buddhist sutras, classic texts from the Chinese masters, and some common icons from Zen temples.

A shorter historical/philosophical book that helps to explain Zen in its traditional Japanese context is Suzuki's Zen and Japanese Buddhism (Tokyo/Rutland: Charles E. Tuttle, 1958).

One shouldn't get too extreme in portraying Suzuki's knowledge and writings as "modernist" and removed from the traditions.Joel Russ (talk) 18:16, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

influence of monotheism[edit]

The first paragraph states "David McMahan cites 'western monotheism; rationalism and scientific naturalism; and Romantic expressivism' as influences.[5]". I think it would be helpful if a sentence or two could be added (perhaps later in the article) on how monotheism influences a philosophy that many people think of as very atheistic. I'm not a scholar, and it's intriguing to me that monotheism has influenced buddhism. I think of monotheism as supporting an eternal entity with an existence outside of human perception, and of buddhism (at least the vipassana strain of it, which is included in this article as being within the modern movement) as focusing on impermanence and the idea that perception or experience fundamentally conditions what we know about reality at a very deep level. How does the former mode of thinking influence the latter? Thank you. --Ajasen (talk) 06:30, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Ajasen. have a look at David Chapman to get an impression. Friendly regards, Joshua Jonathan (talk) 12:11, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Dalit Buddhism[edit]

Is a reference to the Dalit Buddhist movement appropriate on this page? The movement's critical stance towards the Mayahayana and Theravada canon, roots in the modern political struggle for social and political equality for the Dalits, and "emphasis on Shakyamuni Buddha as a political and social reformer" seem to qualify it as a modernist form of Buddhism.Tom Radulovich (talk) 15:31, 19 June 2013 (UTC)