From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha - Buddhism and Modernity (Paperback)Donald S. Lopez Jr (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
"Thoroughly researched and highly readable, From Stone to Flesh tells of a Buddha born of the Western mind--a Buddha created in our own image and trapped in our own preconceptions. A must read for those who think they know who the Buddha really was."
--James Shaheen, editor and publisher of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
"This book is a welcome sequel to The Scientific Buddha-- or a 'prequel, ' since it deals with the period before the discovery of the 'historical Buddha' in the mid-nineteenth century. It is vintage Donald Lopez: scholarly, well written, and entertaining. A must read."--Bernard Faure, Columbia University
"The highly regarded and prolific Donald S. Lopez Jr. examines the West's evolving understanding of the Buddha from antiquity to the mid-19th century. In approximately equal parts excerpts from historical writings and erudite commentary, which alternate, Lopez presents reports of European travelers who found what they considered merely pagan idols, later accounts from Catholic missionaries who continued to grapple with a plethora of images, and the 17th-century chronicles by soldiers and bureaucrats of Western empires who began to understand that the many deities represented but one human religious leader. . . . Highly recommended."
"In describing this emergence of the Buddha from the fog of confusion, misunderstanding, and ignorance, and his transformation 'from stone to flesh, ' Donald Lopez has written a book not only of great scholarship but also of great wisdom."--Literary Review
"From Stone to Flesh tells a complicated tale. It is, like the author's many previous works, fascinating, erudite, and engagingly written. Readers will come away enriched by it, often astonished, and occasionally exasperated. The book is not a biography of the Buddha in the usual sense, although it does recount many wonderfully varied biographies of the Buddha. Nor is it a history of Buddhism either, exactly, although readers will be enchanted by intriguing and little-known facts about the history of Buddhist ideas, texts, and societies. Rather, it is more properly a history of the Buddha himself, specifically of how we have come to know--or at least think we know--the historical founder of a world religion called Buddhism."
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