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By Donald S. Lopez

This publication tells the tale of the medical Buddha, "born" in Europe within the 1800s yet often pressured with the Buddha born in India 2,500 years in the past. The clinical Buddha was once despatched into conflict opposed to Christian missionaries, who have been proclaiming throughout Asia that Buddhism used to be a sort of superstition. He proved the missionaries incorrect, instructing a dharma that used to be in concord with sleek technological know-how. And his effect maintains. at the present time his instructing of "mindfulness" is heralded as the treatment for all demeanour of maladies, from melancholy to excessive blood pressure.

In this effective critique, a well-known chronicler of the West's come across with Buddhism demonstrates how the medical Buddha's teachings deviate in an important methods from these of the a long way older Buddha of historical India. Donald Lopez exhibits that the Western specialise in the clinical Buddha threatens to bleach Buddhism of its vibrancy, complexity, and gear, at the same time the superficial concentrate on "mindfulness" turns Buddhism into only the most recent self-help flow. The clinical Buddha has served his goal, Lopez argues. it's now time for him to go into nirvana. this isn't to claim, notwithstanding, that the lessons of the traditional Buddha needs to be pushed aside as mere cultural artifacts. They proceed to offer a potent problem, even to our smooth world.

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