From the holdings of the American Religions Collection, Department of Special Collections, Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara
The presence of Buddhists and Hindus in significant numbers in America is leading to a significant shift in American religion. Dismissed for many decades as cults, Hindu and Buddhist groups began their rise above that negative stereotype as large Asian immigrant communities emerged following the change in immigration laws in 1965. Asians can now be found at every level and in every power center in American culture, and are forcing the encounter of Asian and non-Asian Americans in every aspect of society.
Buddhism, Shintoism and Japanese New Religions features 134 rare serials on Buddhism (Mahayana, Theravada, Tibetan, and Zen), Shintoism, and Japanese New Religions in the United States and from those countries that have influenced the American Buddhism movement. The total number of issues in the microfilm collection is 2836. Publication dates range from the 1930s through 2006, with the bulk of the titles published in the last forty years. It is important to note that Buddhist materials in this product have been significantly supplemented by the Anthony Leitner Memorial Collection, a specific collection within the American Religions Collection.
Series 2: Nontraditional American Religions: Eastern Religions: Buddhism, Shintoism and Japanese New Religions provides much needed primary source material for research in divinity schools and departments of religion, Asian studies, ethnic studies, and sociology.
47 reels in 5 parts:
Part 1: Mahayana Buddhism 13 reels
Part 2: Theravada Buddhism 2 reels
Part 3: Tibetan Buddhism 12 reels
Part 4: Zen Buddhism 10 reels
Part 5: Shintoism and Japanese New Religions 10 reels