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    A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack (Suny Series in Religious Studies) (Paperback) By (author) David R. Loy

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    DescriptionRoy (international studies, Bunkyo U., Japan) explores the Western desire to ground oneself or make oneself feel more real, arising from a self-conscious ungroundedness which we experience as a sense of lack . Using a contemporary Buddhist perspective, the author discusses ways that our understanding of this sense of lack has changed at important points in history, and the largely unconscious ways in which we have tried to resolve our lack. Issues covered include freedom, progress, delusive craving (for fame, romantic love, money), modernity, civil society, the "means/end problem in modern life," and the modern economic system. Earlier drafts of some of the chapters have been previously published in academic journals and books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


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    Title
    A Buddhist History of the West
    Subtitle
    Studies in Lack
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David R. Loy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780791452608
    ISBN 10: 0791452603
    Classifications

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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
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    LC classification: CB245 .R68 2002
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    State University of New York Press
    Imprint name
    State University of New York Press
    Publication date
    01 February 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Albany, NY
    Review quote
    "A polymath's tour through intellectual and social history, David Loy's Buddhist retelling goes far in revealing the historically conditioned limitations of many dominant Western terms, metaphors, and assumptions. By reinterpreting greed, ill will, and delusion as structural rather than personal problems, Loy offers a compassionate account of ways that we make ourselves unhappy and a trenchant critique of market capitalism's manipulation of these habits of mind."