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Introduction Encounters at a Multidenominational Temple in the South 1
1 Bringing a Regional Perspective to American Buddhism 17
2 The Gift of Light: Buddhist Circuit Riders and New Religious Developments in Richmond, Virginia 47
3 The Buddhist Confederacy: Differentiation and Identity in Buddhist Spaces 89
4 There's No Such Thing as "Not My Buddhism": Hybridity, Boundary-Crossing, and the Practice of Pluralistic Buddhism 120
5 Buddhism with a Southern Accent: American Buddhists in a Southern Culture 153
6 The Reality of Our Collective Karma: Slave Trade Meditation Vigil as Southern Buddhist Ritual 185
Conclusion Buddhas on the Backstretch 218
Appendix Statistical Data and Questionnaire 233
Posted September 2, 2012
What starts as a study of a single temple ends up shedding light on how Buddhism is practiced in a whole region, the American South. Recommended for anyone interested in regional diversity, American Buddhism, or the South.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2012
This study mostly of a single temple somehow manages to shed light on how Buddhism in its diversity is practiced in a whole region, the American South. You'll find it thoroughly interesting if you're interested in the South, regional identity, or American Buddhism. One key insight, and I'm paraphrasing here: If you think television and modernity have erased the differences between the different parts of the USA, try being a member of a minority religion in the South.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.