Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America(Morality and Society Series) / Edition 1

Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America(Morality and Society Series) / Edition 1

by Wendy Cadge
     
 

Theravada is one of the three main branches of Buddhism. In Asia it is practiced widely in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. This fascinating ethnography opens a window onto two communities of Theravada Buddhists in contemporary America: one outside Philadelphia that is composed largely of Thai immigrants and one outside Boston that consists

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Theravada is one of the three main branches of Buddhism. In Asia it is practiced widely in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. This fascinating ethnography opens a window onto two communities of Theravada Buddhists in contemporary America: one outside Philadelphia that is composed largely of Thai immigrants and one outside Boston that consists mainly of white converts.

Wendy Cadge first provides a historical overview of Theravada Buddhism and considers its specific origins here in the United States. She then brings her findings to bear on issues of personal identity, immigration, cultural assimilation, and the nature of religion in everyday life. Her work is the first systematic comparison of the ways in which immigrant and convert Buddhists understand, practice, and adapt the Buddhist tradition in America. The men and women whom Cadge meets and observes speak directly to us in this work, both in their personal testimonials and as they meditate, pray, and practice Buddhism.

Creative and insightful, Heartwood will be of enormous value to sociologists of religion and anyone wishing to understand the rise of Buddhism in the Western world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226089003
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Morality and Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Arrivals and a map of the journey1
2The history of Theravada Buddhism in America19
3New organizations : Wat Mongkoltepmunee (Wat Phila) and the Cambridge insight meditation center (CIMC)49
4Lived Buddhism : the construction of teaching and practice at Wat Phila and CIMC82
5Refuge in the Sangha : the shape of Buddhist communities116
6Ascribed and Achieved Buddhist identities150
7Observations through a gendered lens172
8Taking stock, looking forward190
App. AResearch methods203
App. BRefuges and precepts216

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