The Buddhist World joins a series of books on the world's great religions and cultures, offering a lively and up-to-date survey
of Buddhist studies for students and scholars alike. It explores regional varieties of Buddhism and core topics including
buddha-nature, ritual, and pilgrimage. In addition to historical and geo-political views of Buddhism, the volume features
thematic chapters on philosophical concepts such as ethics, as well as social constructs and categories such as community
and family. The book also addresses lived Buddhism in its many forms, examining the ways in which modernity is reshaping traditional
structures, ancient doctrines, and cosmological beliefs.