By Richard Hughes Seager

ISBN-10: 0231108680

ISBN-13: 9780231108683

ISBN-10: 0231500386

ISBN-13: 9780231500388

With a background stretching again to historical India, Buddhism has inspired American tradition because the American Transcendentalist circulation within the 1830s and '40s. basically long ago few many years, even if, has this transplanted philosophy started to blossom right into a full-fledged American faith, made from 3 extensive teams: a burgeoning Asian immigrant inhabitants, various native-born converts, and old-line Asian American Buddhists. In Buddhism in the USA, spiritual historian Richard Seager bargains a perceptive and fascinating portrait of the groups, associations, practices, and members which are quintessential to the modern Buddhist landscape.The publication starts with a short survey of Buddhist ideals -- the tale of the Buddha's lifestyles, the which means of enlightenment, cognizance, the cultivation of nonattachment, and different center options -- and Buddhist background in either Asia and the USA. partially 2, Seager offers six well-crafted profiles of Buddhist traditions which were dropped at the us from Japan, Tibet, Southeast Asia, and in other places. This part highlights demanding situations and difficulties that experience include transporting and adapting an Asian faith to overdue twentieth-century the USA: Who can educate and who can lead? What are the correct roles of laypeople and clergymen in a society missing a robust monastic tradition?The final part takes up the overall subject of Americanization, taking a look at fresh advancements in 3 very important parts -- gender fairness, innovative social switch, and intra-Buddhist and interreligious discussion. Arguing that the gulf among contemporary converts and new immigrant groups is the main sought after function of the modern scene, Seager assesses American Buddhism as an entire and appears into its destiny: Will the dharma, conventional Buddhist teachings, be watered all the way down to go well with the life of middle-class, consumerist american citizens? Will this hugely decentralized faith advance robust nationwide institutions, as Catholicism and Judaism have? What associations -- universities, monasteries, or dharma facilities run via and for laypeople -- could be prime in maintaining and constructing an American Buddhist culture? This lucid survey lays the rules for realizing one of many usa' most important new religions.

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5 As a result, we must proceed without definite information regarding the actual number of American Buddhists. Suffice it to say, there are a great many and, more important, they are engaged in practicing the dharma in a wide variety of fascinating ways. CHAPTER TWO Very Basic Buddhism The transmission of Buddhism to America is an epoch-making undertaking. For , years, Buddhism has played a central role in the religious life of Asia. Its philosophical schools, institutions, rituals, and art have informed the lives of countless people from the Iranian plateau to Japan and from Tibet to Indonesia.

Olcott later became prominent when he helped Buddhist leaders in Sri Lanka defend themselves against Christian missionaries. He also worked to create a united front among Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist leaders in south, southeast, and northern Asia in an effort to resist the encroachment of Christianity in the age of European imperialism. Olcott is now regarded as a Sri Lankan national hero. Blavatsky and Annie Besant, Blavatsky’s successor as head of the Theosophical Society, are remembered today as innovative spiritual leaders and as great sympathizers with the religious traditions of Asia.

There is not one American Buddhism, any more than there is one American Judaism, Islam, or Christianity. Who are American Buddhists? That question can be answered, but only quite generally. On the one hand, there is no Buddhist “type” in America. Buddhists come from a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, and there are white collar Buddhists; Buddhist cab drivers, mechanics, and chefs; and Buddhist artists and musicians. Some Americans are highly self-conscious about being Buddhist, while others take the fact that they are Buddhist for granted.

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