Rescued from the Nation: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Buddhist World (Buddhism and Modernity)

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Anagarika Dharmapala is one of the most galvanizing figures in Sri Lanka's turbulent history. Following Dharmapala on his travels between East Asia, South Asia, Europe, and North America, the author traces his project of creating a unified Buddhist world, recovering the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment, and imitating the Buddha's life course. Series: Buddhism and Modernity. Num Pages: 480 pages, 18 halftones. BIC Classification: 1FKS; HRE; JHMC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 164 x 237 x 38. Weight in Grams: 868. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Anagarika Dharmapala is one of the most galvanizing figures in Sri Lanka?s recent turbulent history. He is widely regarded as the nationalist hero who saved the Sinhala people from cultural collapse and whose “protestant? reformation of Buddhism drove monks toward increased political involvement and eventual militarization. Yet as tied to Sri Lankan nationalism as Dharmapala is in popular memory, he spent the vast majority of his life abroad, engaging other concerns. In Rescued from the Nation, Steven Kemper reevaluates this important figure in the light of an unprecedented number of his writings, ones that paint a picture not of a nationalist zealot but of a spiritual seeker earnest in his pursuit of salvation.  
           
Drawing on huge stores of source materials—nearly one hundred diaries and notebooks—Kemper reconfigures Dharmapala as a world-renouncer first and a political activist second. Following Dharmapala on his travels between East Asia, South Asia, Europe, and the United States, he traces his lifelong project of creating a unified Buddhist world, recovering the place of the Buddha?s Enlightenment, and imitating the Buddha?s life course. The result is a needed corrective to Dharmapala?s embattled legacy, one that resituates Sri Lanka?s political awakening within the religious one that was Dharmapala?s life project. 

About the Author: Steven Kemper is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Anthropology at Bates College and the author of The Presence of the Past and Buying and Believing, the latter also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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