Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
I do not have access to this very important (to me) paper. I have asked the author for a copy, but received no reply. Looking online, all that is available is the abstract, which appears to be a Ph.D. Dissertation at Harvard FAS (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), but is not available. I will try to contact Harvarad FAS to get a copy.
This paper is important because it upends much of the debate around the “modernization” of Indian Buddhism. I distinguish two types of Modernism: 1) Colonialist Modernism, i.e. Modernism driven by the invasion and occupation of South-East Asia by the West, and 2) Indigenous Modernism, i.e. Modernism driven by the internal and self-generated modernization and nationalization projects of South Asian countries. I believe that Surendran’s paper is concerned with the second type of Modernization and Buddhism.
Unfortunately, this is the reply from Harvard OSC: “At the request of the author, this dissertation is unavailable. We apologize for this and advise you to contact the author directly for access – Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication.”
I hope Dr. Surendran is preparing this paper for publication as a book.