Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists [NOOK Book]

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In an age when the Dalai Lama's image has been used to sell computers, rock stars have used tantra to enhance their image, and for many, Nirvana calls to mind a a favorite band, what does Buddhism mean to twenty-somethings?

Blue Jean Buddha offers real stories about young Buddhists in their own words that affirm and inform the young adult Buddhist experience. This one-of-a-kind book is about the experiences of young people in America-from ...
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Overview

In an age when the Dalai Lama's image has been used to sell computers, rock stars have used tantra to enhance their image, and for many, Nirvana calls to mind a a favorite band, what does Buddhism mean to twenty-somethings?

Blue Jean Buddha offers real stories about young Buddhists in their own words that affirm and inform the young adult Buddhist experience. This one-of-a-kind book is about the experiences of young people in America-from their late teens to early thirties-who have embraced Buddhism. Thirty-three first-person narratives reflect on a broad range of life-stories, lessons, and livelihood issues, such as growing up in a Zen center, struggling with relationships, caring for the dying, and using marathon running as meditation. Throughout, up-and-coming author Sumi Loundon provides an illuminating context for the tremendous variety of experiences shared in the book.

Blue Jean Buddha was named a finalist in the 2002 Independent Publisher Book Awards (Multicultural Non-Fiction - Young Adult) as well in NAPRA's Nautilus Awards, in the Personal Journey/Memoir/Biography category.
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A "twentysomething" American who grew up in the Zen Buddhist tradition, Loundon queried hundreds of her contemporaries in order to confirm that a generation of young Buddhists did in fact exist, to identify the challenges they face, and to define what it means to be a Buddhist in America today. She then asked 28 respondents mostly college-educated, self-identifying Buddhists in their twenties to write about how Buddhism has affected their self-transformations, life stories, and means of livelihood. This resulting collection of mostly brief, well-written, and interesting essays ranges from the poignant and inspiring (e.g., Jessica Morey's "Ordinary Awakening" and Seth Castleman's "If a Nice Jewish Boy Sits in a Cave, Does He Make a Difference?") to the sophomoric. Recommended as a secondary purchase for popular collections; more academic overviews of contemporary Buddhism in America can be found in The Faces of Buddhism in America (Univ. of California, 1998), edited by Charles Prebish and Kenneth Tanaka, and James Coleman's The New Buddhism (LJ 1/01). James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of North Carolina Lib., Asheville Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861718009
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 2/8/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 589,404
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Rev. Sumi Loundon Kim is the Buddhist chaplain at Duke University and minister for the Buddhist Families of Durham. She has published two anthologies, Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists and The Buddha's Apprentices: More Voices of Young Buddhists. Following a master's degree in Buddhist studies and Sanskrit from the Harvard Divinity School, she was the associate director for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and two children.

Jack Kornfield co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, in 1975 and later the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology. His books include After the Ecstasy, the Laundry and the national bestseller A Path with Heart.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Lessons 1
The Perfect Buddhist Boyfriend 5
The Backward Step 10
Climbing with Tara 17
Running as Meditation 22
Dream a Better Dream 29
Ordinary Awakening 35
Winning over Depression 43
I'm a Mutt 48
Life as a Vietnamese Nun 52
Drugs and the Dharma 59
Getting Off the Cushion 65
A Way of Life 71
Going for the Guru 76
Pt. II Life Stories 85
Growing Up with the Dharma Bums 89
Bridging East and West 99
Extreme Care 107
A Dharma Punx Path 115
In My Father's Footsteps 119
My Mom's Buddha 123
Pt. III Livelihood 129
If a Nice Jewish Boy Sits in a Cave, Does He Make a Difference? 133
Caught in Indra's Net 144
Halted Breath 147
A Small Step from the Lotus 155
Juvenile Hall Dharma 160
Do Androids Dream of Electric Dharma? 167
Freeing Tibet, Freeing Myself 172
A Flash of Lightning: Inner Revolution and Social Transformation 176
Socially Engaged Buddhism Inside-Out 182
Pt. IV Reflections 189
Glossary 220
Contributors 224
About the Editor 233
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  • Posted October 25, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    inspiring...

    I read Blue Jean Buddha on a recommendation. Even though I am an atheist, I have always been interested in the philosophy of Buddhism. When I started reading this book, it only reaffirmed my beliefs that Buddhism has certain truths that are relevant for people of all religions or like myself, no religion. The Buddhist mindset is very altruistic. I think the world would be a better place if we all tried to be a little less selfish and aspire to be truly selfless. Buddhism advocates activism for social justice, world peace, nuclear disarmament, and the environment among other causes. This book has essays from young Buddhists about how and why Buddhism is their way of life. You won't be reading about religious dogma in this book. You won't be preached at in these essays. Blue Jean Buddha is a thought-provoking book and an inspiration to be a little more socially responsible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    Young American Buddhists

    I'm a young American (20-something) and I am so happy that someone is finally paying attention to my generation of practicing Buddhists! This book is interesting whether you're a young person just discovering Buddhism, or an older person interested in the new spirtiual motivations in youth culture today. It covers a wide range of Buddhist traditions. I am truly glad someone finally published a book like this one. I also highly recommend a little gift book written by a 20-something American Buddhist named Taro Gold called 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom.' I hope more and more young Buddhist voices will be found in print in the near future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2001

    thank goodness for this book

    a great and helpful book. whether you're a young person just discovering Buddhism, or an older person interested in the new spirtiual motivations in youth culture today, BJB will really paint a series of vivid pictures. totally enjoyable, and totally real.

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