Buddhism in America / Edition 1

Buddhism in America / Edition 1

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by Richard Hughes Seager
     
 

Buddhism has influenced American culture since the American Transcendentalist movement in the 1830s and '40s; only recntly, however, has this transplanted philosophy begun to blossom into a full-fledged American religion. Seager offers a perceptive and engaging portrait of the communities, institutions, practices, and individuals that are integral to the

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Overview

Buddhism has influenced American culture since the American Transcendentalist movement in the 1830s and '40s; only recntly, however, has this transplanted philosophy begun to blossom into a full-fledged American religion. Seager offers a perceptive and engaging portrait of the communities, institutions, practices, and individuals that are integral to the contemporary Buddhist landscape, including six profiles of Buddhist traditions exported to the United States from Japan, Tibet, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere. The book also considers Americanization and recent developments in gender equity, progressive social change, and intra-Buddhist and interreligious dialogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231108690
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/30/1999
Series:
Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Hughes Seager is professor of religious studies at Hamilton College and the author of Encountering the Dharma; The World's Parliament of Religions: The East-West Encounter, Chicago, 1893; and Dawn of Religious Pluralism: Voices from the World's Parliament of Religions.

Columbia University Press

Table of Contents

One: Background
1. The American Buddhist Landscape
2. Very Basic Buddhism
3. The Three Vehicles
4. The American Setting
Two: Major Traditions
5. Jodo Shinshu: America's Old-Line Buddhists
6. Soka Gakkai and Its Nichiren Humanism
7. Zen and Its Flagship Institutions
8. The Tibetan Milieu
9. The Theravada Spectrum
10. Other Pacific Rim Migrations
Three: Selected Issues
11. Gender Equity
12. Socially Engaged Buddhism
13. Intra-Buddhist and Interreligious Dialogue
14. Making Some Sense of Americanization


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