American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity

American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity

by Ann Gleig

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Overview

This illuminating account of contemporary American Buddhism shows the remarkable ways the tradition has changed over the past generation

The past couple of decades have witnessed Buddhist communities both continuing the modernization of Buddhism and questioning some of its limitations. In this fascinating portrait of a rapidly changing religious landscape, Ann Gleig illuminates the aspirations and struggles of younger North American Buddhists during a period she identifies as a distinct stage in the assimilation of Buddhism to the West. She observes both the emergence of new innovative forms of deinstitutionalized Buddhism that blur the boundaries between the religious and secular, and a revalorization of traditional elements of Buddhism, such as ethics and community, that were discarded in the modernization process.
 
Based on extensive ethnographic and textual research, the book ranges from mindfulness debates in the Vipassana network to the sex scandals in American Zen, while exploring issues around racial diversity and social justice, the impact of new technologies, and generational differences between baby boomer, Gen X, and millennial teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300215809
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ann Gleig is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Central Florida. She is co-editor of Homegrown Gurus: From Hinduism in America to American Hinduism and has published widely on contemporary Buddhism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Buddhist Modernism from Asia to America 17

2 From the Mindfulness Revolution to the Mindfulness Wars 50

3 Sex, Scandal, and the Shadow of the Roshi 84

4 Meditation and Awakening in the American Vipassana Network 111

5 The Dukkha of Racism: Racial Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Work 139

6 Buddhism Unbundled: From Buddhist Geeks to Meditate.io 176

7 From the Boomers to Generation X 209

8 Critical, Collective, and Contextual Turns 249

Conclusion: American Buddhism in a "Post" Age 281

Appendix 305

Notes 309

Index 349

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