American Buddhism: Methods and Findings in Recent Scholarship / Edition 1

American Buddhism: Methods and Findings in Recent Scholarship / Edition 1

by Christopher Queen, Duncan Ryuken Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0700712046

ISBN-13: 9780700712045

Pub. Date: 08/05/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This is the first scholarly treatment of the emergence of American Buddhist Studies as a significant research field. Until now, few investigators have turned their attention to the interpretive challenge posed by the presence of all the traditional lineages of Asian Buddhism in a consciously multicultural society. Nor have scholars considered the place of their own

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This is the first scholarly treatment of the emergence of American Buddhist Studies as a significant research field. Until now, few investigators have turned their attention to the interpretive challenge posed by the presence of all the traditional lineages of Asian Buddhism in a consciously multicultural society. Nor have scholars considered the place of their own contributions as writers, teachers, and practising Buddhists in this unfolding saga. In thirteen chapters and a critical introduction to the field, the book treats issues such as Asian American Buddhist identity, the new Buddhism, Buddhism and American culture, and the scholar's place in American Buddhist Studies. The volume offers complete lists of dissertations and theses on American Buddhism and North American dissertations and theses on topics related to Buddhism since 1892.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700712045
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/05/1999
Series:
Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1Asian American Buddhist Identities1
Ch. 1Issues of Ethnicity in the Buddhist Churches of America3
Ch. 2Japanese American Zen Temples: Cultural Identity and Economics20
Ch. 3Placing Palms Together: Religious and Cultural Dimensions of the Hsi Lai Temple Political Donations Controversy36
Ch. 4Ritual and the Performance of Buddhist Identity among Lao Buddhists in North America57
Pt. 2Profiling the New Buddhists69
Ch. 5Night-Stand Buddhists and Other Creatures: Sympathizers, Adherents, and the Study of Religion71
Ch. 6The New Buddhism: Some Empirical Findings91
Ch. 7Supply and Demand: The Appeal of American Buddhism100
Pt. 3Modes of Dharma Transmission115
Ch. 8Local Inter-Buddhist Associations in North America117
Ch. 9The Pacific Buddha's Wild Practice: Gary Snyder's Environmental Ethic143
Ch. 10The Internet as Window onto American Buddhism168
Pt. 4The Scholar's Place in American Buddhist Studies181
Ch. 11The Academic Study of Buddhism in America: A Silent Sangha183
Ch. 12Buddhist Studies at Naropa: Sectarian or Academic?215
Ch. 13Buddhist Worlds in the U.S.A.: A Survey of the Territory238
App. ADissertations and Theses on American Buddhism Compiled262
App. BNorth American Dissertations and Theses on Topics Related to Buddhism367
Notes on Contributors312
Index316

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