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Secular Buddhism

"As a quasi-religious movement, Secular Buddhism builds on the secularizing trends within the Buddhist tradition in the modern era. While this article focuses specifically on the movement known as Secular Buddhism (sometimes called Secular Dharma), secularization and the creation of Buddhist modernism are important parts of the cultural context of Secular Buddhism and are introduced first as background. ..." – By Richard K. Payne and Casey Alexandra Kemp

 

Visual Arts: Abstraction

"The reluctance to recognize this new artistic expressionism seems even more surprising, given abstract visual expression of religious concepts employed across numerous religions for centuries. For example, icon painting in the Byzantine tradition dematerialized nature by conveying a spiritual, rather than physical essence. However, the gulf between religion institutions and influential artists around the turn of the 20th century had its roots in the early modern world and was exacerbated by the rise of the nation-state..." – By Paula Wisotzki

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