chapter  8
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Time and untime – Buddhism

This chapter looks at ideas of time in Buddhism. Its unusual organizationattempts to mirror the fragmented character of Buddhist culture. Some contemporary scholars are reluctant to describe Buddhism as a single religion, preferring to speak of ‘Buddhisms’ as a means of describing the sects that have emerged since the death of Gotama, the figure conventionally known as the Buddha. The structure I have adopted here represents an attempt to negotiate a balance between stressing the unifying aspects of different branches of the faith and the avoidance of the creation of false commonalties between these different schools.