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Throughout Buddhism and Science, Donald Lopez poses a number of very interesting, but often quite disturbing, questions to contemporary Buddhists around the world, one of the more troubling of which, as discussed in the introduction, concerns the possibility of the continued existence, as a living tradition, of a demythologized Buddhism in which Mount Meru plays no part. In relation to the issue of discursive transgression, the differences between the current work and Faure's work emerge most strongly. Communication and collaboration between the proposed new type of socially engaged contemporary Western Buddhism and 'traditional' Buddhism is very important. This is because, on account of the current ubiquity of disciplinary/bio-power, the specter of ornamentalism that has hitherto haunted contemporary Western Buddhism now plagues 'traditional' Buddhism to more or less the same degree.

Keywords: Buddhism; Donald Lopez; transgression



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