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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700712045
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/5/1999
  • Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Asian American Buddhist Identities 1
Ch. 1 Issues of Ethnicity in the Buddhist Churches of America 3
Ch. 2 Japanese American Zen Temples: Cultural Identity and Economics 20
Ch. 3 Placing Palms Together: Religious and Cultural Dimensions of the Hsi Lai Temple Political Donations Controversy 36
Ch. 4 Ritual and the Performance of Buddhist Identity among Lao Buddhists in North America 57
Pt. 2 Profiling the New Buddhists 69
Ch. 5 Night-Stand Buddhists and Other Creatures: Sympathizers, Adherents, and the Study of Religion 71
Ch. 6 The New Buddhism: Some Empirical Findings 91
Ch. 7 Supply and Demand: The Appeal of American Buddhism 100
Pt. 3 Modes of Dharma Transmission 115
Ch. 8 Local Inter-Buddhist Associations in North America 117
Ch. 9 The Pacific Buddha's Wild Practice: Gary Snyder's Environmental Ethic 143
Ch. 10 The Internet as Window onto American Buddhism 168
Pt. 4 The Scholar's Place in American Buddhist Studies 181
Ch. 11 The Academic Study of Buddhism in America: A Silent Sangha 183
Ch. 12 Buddhist Studies at Naropa: Sectarian or Academic? 215
Ch. 13 Buddhist Worlds in the U.S.A.: A Survey of the Territory 238
App. A Dissertations and Theses on American Buddhism Compiled 262
App. B North American Dissertations and Theses on Topics Related to Buddhism 367
Notes on Contributors 312
Index 316
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