By Gary Storhoff,John Whalen-Bridge

ISBN-10: 1438430930

ISBN-13: 9781438430935

ISBN-10: 1438430949

ISBN-13: 9781438430942

Explores various Buddhist views in a quite American context.

The US appears to be like changing into a Buddhist state. superstar converts, the recognition of the Dalai Lama, motifs in well known video clips, and mala beads on the mall point out an expanding inculcation of Buddhism into the yankee attention, whether a comparatively small percent of the inhabitants truly describe themselves as Buddhists. This ebook appears to be like past the trendier manifestations of Buddhism in the United States to examine quite American Buddhist methods of life—ways of perceiving and figuring out. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff have equipped this distinct assortment in response to the Buddhist notion of the 3 Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha part discusses the 2 key lecturers who popularized Buddhism in the USA: Alan Watts and D. T. Suzuki and the actual varieties of spirituality they proclaimed. The Dharma part offers with how Buddhism can enlighten present public debates and a attention of our nationwide prior with explorations of bioethics, abortion, end-of-life judgements, and cognizance in overdue capitalism. the ultimate part at the Sangha, or neighborhood of believers, discusses how Buddhist groups either formal and casual have affected American society with chapters on kinfolk existence, Nisei Buddhists, homosexual liberation, and Zen gardens.

Gary Storhoff is affiliate Professor of English on the collage of Connecticut at Stamford.

John Whalen-Bridge is affiliate Professor of English on the nationwide college of Singapore. they're the coeditors of The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature, additionally released via SUNY Press.

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