Rituals and religion

Paul Fuller

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On the face of it, Philip Coggan and Erik W. Davis have written similar books on Buddhism, with different audiences in mind. Coggan’s is for the non-specialist; Davis’ for an academic audience, though the quality of his writing gives the book a wider appeal. Both books are based on a similar theme in the study of Buddhism, that “lived Buddhism” has a complexity and “hybridity” and is radically different from the Buddhism of the textual tradition, and indeed the Buddhism of popular imagination.

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