Buddhism in America, 1st Edition

  • Richard Hughes Seager
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  • ISBN-10: 0231500386
  • ISBN-13: 9780231500388
  • DDC: 294.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 314 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released August 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Offers a portrait of the communities, institutions, practices, and individuals that are integral to the contemporary Buddhist landscape. Covers Buddhist beliefs and history. Presents profiles of Buddhist traditions that have been brought to the United States from around the world. Assesses American Buddhism as a whole and looks into its future.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
A Note on Historical Perspective.
1: Background.
2: The American Buddhist Landscape.
3: Very Basic Buddhism.
4: Teachings of the Buddha.
5: The Formation of the Sangha or Community.
6: Three Vehicles.
7: Theravada, the Way of the Elders.
8: Mahayana, or the Great Vehicle.
9: Vajrayana, the Diamond Vehicle.
10: The American Setting.
11: Early American Buddhist History.
12: A Note on Immigration.
13: Major Traditions.
14: Jodo Shinshu: America’s Old-Line Buddhists.
15: A Century of Adaptation.
16: Mainstreaming Jodo Shinshu.
17: American Jodo Shinshu Practice and Worldview.
18: Soka Gakkai and Its Nichiren Humanism.
19: Japanese Historical Background.
20: Early Developments in the United States.
21: Sources of Schism in the Nichiren Practice and Worldview.
22: Zen and Its Flagship Institutions.
23: Mainstream Zen and Its Flagship Institutions.
24: American Zen Practice and Worldview.
25: The Tibetan Milieu.
26: Politics and Celebrity on the Road to Amencanization.
27: Preservation and Dissemination of Texts.
28: The Vajrayana Practice Network.
29: Tibetan Buddhist Practice and Worldview.
30: The Theravada Spectrum.
31: Theravada in the Immigrant Community.
32: Theravada Practice and Worldview.
33: The Vipassana or Insight Meditation Movement.
34: The Monastic-Led Middle Range.
35: Other Pacific Rim Migrations.
36: Chinese Diaspora Communities.
37: A Korean Buddhist Minority.
38: Vietnamese Exile Communities.
39: Selected Issues.
40: Gender Equity.
41: Socially Engaged Buddhism.
42: Intra-Buddhist and Interreligious Dialogue.
43: Intra-Buddhist Dialogue.
44: Christians and Buddhists.
45: Jews, Buddhists, and Jewish Buddhists.
46: Making Some Sense of Americanization.
Resources for the Study of American Buddhism.