American Buddhism as a Way of Life

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Explores a range of Buddhist perspectives in a distinctly American context.
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Meet the Author

Gary Storhoff is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut at Stamford.

John Whalen-Bridge is Associate Professor of English at the National University of Singapore. They are the coeditors of The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature, also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents

Thomas A. Tweed

Introduction: American Buddhism as a Way of Life
Gary Storhoff and John Whalen-Bridge

Part I. Buddha: The Teacher as Immigrant

1. The Authenticity of Alan Watts
David L. Smith

2. D. T. Suzuki, “Suzuki Zen,” and the American Reception of Zen Buddhism
Carl T. Jackson

3. My Lunch with Mihoko
Ellen Pearlman

Part II. Dharma: Doctrine, Belief, and Practice in America

4. What Can Buddhist No-Self Contribute to North American Bioethics?
Michael C. Brannigan

5. A Contemporary North American Buddhist Discussion of Abortion
Rita M. Gross

6. Touched by Suffering: American Pragmatism and Engaged Buddhism
Judy D. Whipps

7. Identity Theft: Simulating Nirvana in Postmodern America
John Kitterman

Part III. Sangha: Who Is an American Buddhist?

8. Family Life and Spiritual Kinship in American Buddhist Communities
Charles S. Prebish

9. Buddha Loves Me This I Know: Nisei Buddhists in Christian America, 1889–1942
Lori Pierce

10. Analogue Consciousness Isn’t Just for Faeries: Healing the Disjunction between Theory and Practice
Roger Corless

11. “A Dharma of Place”: Evolving Aesthetics and Cultivating Community in an American Zen Garden
Jeff Wilson

List of Contributors

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