Buddhist Revivalist Movements

Comparing Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement

  • Alan Robert┬áLopez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  4. Alan Robert Lopez
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  5. Alan Robert Lopez
    Pages 59-84
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    Pages 85-111
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    Pages 113-141
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    Pages 143-166
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    Pages 167-188
  10. Alan Robert Lopez
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  11. Alan Robert Lopez
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 233-240

About this book


This text provides a comparative investigation of the affinities and differences of two of the most dynamic currents in World Buddhism: Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement. Defying differences in denomination, culture, and historical epochs, these schools revived an unfettered quest for enlightenment and proceeded to independently forge like practices and doctrines. The author examines the teaching gambits and tactics, the methods of practice, the place and story line of teacher biography, and the nature and role of the awakening experience, revealing similar forms deriving from an uncompromising pursuit of awaking, the insistence on self-cultivation, and the preeminent role of the charismatic master. Offering a pertinent review of their encounters with modernism, the book provides a new coherence to these seemingly disparate movements, opening up new avenues for scholars and possibilities for practitioners.


Age of Enlightenment Buddhism and the quest for enlightenment Buddhism, Enlightenment and Modernism Zen, religion and nature Schools in World Buddhism Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement Methods of practice and the awakening experience Buddhist Revivalist Movements

Authors and affiliations

  • Alan Robert┬áLopez
    • 1
  1. 1.Chiang MaiThailand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54349-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54086-7
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