Donald S. Lopez, Jr. is professor of Buddhist and Tibetan studies at the University of Michigan. His most recent books are The Story of Buddhism: A Concise Guide to Its History and Teachings and Prisoners of Shangri-La.
"Prolific Tibetan Buddhist scholar Lopez wonderfully advances his
argument for framing a contemporary understanding of Buddhism that
is rooted in history and pays attention to texts as well as
practice. . . . The book is a great contribution to bridging the
gap between the text-and-language camp of academic Buddhists and
the practice, practice, practice camp of modern Buddhist
"This intriguing new work does not, as the title suggests, present canonical texts of ancient Buddhism to modern readers. Rather, Lopez seeks to define "modern Buddhism" through the writing s of 31 authors who came to prominence between 1873 and 1980. . . . The interpretive introduction ties the diverse authors together into a "lineage" of modern Buddhism, seen by Lopez as a new sect neither bound by location nor the product of evolution but rather harking back some 2500 years to the Buddha's original vision. An important contribution to the literature of contemporary Buddhism..."