Westward Dharma Buddhism Beyond Asia

ISBN-10: 0520234901

ISBN-13: 9780520234901

Edition: 2002

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The first authoritative volume on the totality of Buddhism in the West, Westward Dharma establishes a comparative and theoretical perspective for considering the amazing variety of Buddhist traditions, schools, centers, and teachers that have developed outside of Asia. Leading scholars from North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia explore the plurality and heterogeneity of traditions and practices that are characteristic of Buddhism in the West. This recent, dramatic growth in Western Buddhism is accompanied by an expansion of topics and issues of Buddhist concern. The contributors to this volume treat such topics as the broadening spirit of egalitarianism; the increasing emphasis on the psychological, as opposed to the purely religious, nature of practice; scandals within Buddhist movements; the erosion of the distinction between professional and lay Buddhists; Buddhist settlement in Israel; the history of Buddhism in internment camps; repackaging Zen for the West; and women's dharma in the West. The interconnections of historical and theoretical approaches in the volume make it a rich, multi-layered resource.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/4/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 436
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

List of Tables
Introduction: Paying Homage to the Buddha in the West
Profiling Global Buddhism: A Description of the Landscape
Who Is a Buddhist? Night-Stand Buddhists and Other Creatures
The Spectrum of Buddhist Practice in the West
Protective Amulets and Awareness Techniques, or How to Make Sense of Buddhism in the West
Studying the Spread and Histories of Buddhism in the West: The Emergence of Western Buddhism as a New Subdiscipline within Buddhist Studies
Diffusion: The Histories of Buddhism in Western Countries
Buddhism in Europe: Past, Present, Prospects
American Buddhism in the Making
Buddhism in Canada
The Development of Buddhism in Australia and New Zealand
Buddhism in South Africa
Buddhism in Brazil and Its Impact on the Larger Brazilian Society
Buddha in the Promised Land: Outlines of the Buddhist Settlement in Israel
Change: Adaptations and Innovations
Camp Dharma: Japanese-American Buddhist Identity and the Internment Experience of World War II
The Translating Temple: Diasporic Buddhism in Florida
Repackaging Zen for the West
Scandals in Emerging Western Buddhism
Lifestyle: Being a Buddhist in Western Societies
The Challenge of Community
Buddhist Nuns: Changes and Challenges
Neither Monk nor Nun: Western Buddhists as Full-Time Practitioners
Virtues without Rules: Ethics in the Insight Meditation Movement
Buddhism Facing New Challenges
The Roar of the Lioness: Women's Dharma in the West
Engaged Buddhism: Agnosticism, Interdependence, Globalization
The Encounter of Buddhism and Psychology
A "Commodius Vicus of Recirculation": Buddhism, Art, and Modernity
Selected Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index
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