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Heartwood The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America

ISBN-10: 0226089002
ISBN-13: 9780226089003
Edition: 2004
Authors: Wendy Cadge
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List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Theravada is one of the three main branches of Buddhism. In Asia it is practiced widely in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. This fascinating ethnography opens a window onto two communities of Theravada Buddhists in contemporary America: one outside Philadelphia that is composed largely of Thai immigrants and one outside Boston that consists mainly of white converts.Wendy Cadge first provides a historical overview of Theravada Buddhism and considers its specific origins here in the United States. She then brings her findings to bear on issues of personal identity, immigration, cultural assimilation, and the nature of religion in everyday life. Her work is the first systematic comparison of the ways in which immigrant and convert Buddhists understand, practice, and adapt the Buddhist tradition in America. The men and women whom Cadge meets and observes speak directly to us in this work, both in their personal testimonials and as they meditate, pray, and practice Buddhism.Creative and insightful, Heartwood will be of enormous value to sociologists of religion and anyone wishing to understand the rise of Buddhism in the Western world.

Wendy Cadge is associate professor of sociology at Brandeis University and the author of Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America,also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Acknowledgments
Arrivals and a Map of the Journey
The History of Theravada Buddhism in America
New Organizations: Wat Mongkoltepmunee (Wat Phila) and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC)
Lived Buddhism: The Construction of Teaching and Practice at Wat Phila and CIMC
Refuge in the Sangha: The Shape of Buddhist Communities
Ascribed and Achieved Buddhist Identities
Observations through a Gendered Lens
Taking Stock, Looking Forward
Research Methods
Refuges and Precepts
Reference List

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