Buddhism in America

ISBN-10: 0231159730
ISBN-13: 9780231159739
Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Over the past half century, Buddhism has grown from a transplanted philosophy to a full-fledged religious movement in America, rich in its own practices, leaders, adherents, and institutions. Long favored as an essential guide to this history, Buddhism in America covers the three major groups shaping the tradition—an emerging Asian immigrant population, native-born converts, and old-line Asian American Buddhists—and their distinct yet spiritually connected efforts to remake Buddhism in a Western context.This edition updates existing text and adds three new essays on contemporary developments in American Buddhism, particularly the aging of the baby boom population and its effect on American Buddhism's modern character. New material includes revised information on the full range of communities profiled in the first edition; an added study of a second generation of young, Euro-American leaders and teachers; an accessible look at the increasing importance of meditation and neurobiological research; and a provocative consideration of the mindfulness movement in American culture. The volume maintains its detailed account of South and East Asian influences on American Buddhist practices, as well as instances of interreligious dialogue, socially activist Buddhism, and complex gender roles within the community. Introductory chapters describe Buddhism's spread across America, arriving with the nineteenth-century transcendentalists and spreading rapidly with the Beat poets of the 1950s. The volume concludes with a frank assessment of the challenges and prospects of American Buddhism in the twenty-first century.

Introduction
Background
Introduction
The American Buddhist Landscape
Very Basic Buddhism
Three Vehicles
The American Setting
Major Traditions
Introduction
Jodo Shinshu: America's Old-Line Buddhists
Soka Gakkai and Its Nichiren Humanism
Zen and Its Flagship Institutions
The Tibetan Milieu
The Theravada Spectrum
Other Pacific Rim Migrations
Selected Issues
Introduction
Gender Equity
Socially Engaged Buddhism
Intra-Buddhist and Interreligious Dialogue
Making Some Sense of Americanization
Profiles
Chronology
Notes
Glossary
Resources for the Study of American Buddhism
Index

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