American Buddhism as a Way of Life (SUNY series in Buddhism by Gary Storhoff,John Whalen-Bridge

By Gary Storhoff,John Whalen-Bridge

Explores a variety of Buddhist views in a surprisingly American context.

The US looks turning into a Buddhist kingdom. star converts, the recognition of the Dalai Lama, motifs in renowned video clips, and mala beads on the mall point out an expanding inculcation of Buddhism into the yank cognizance, whether a comparatively small percent of the inhabitants truly describe themselves as Buddhists. This e-book appears to be like past the trendier manifestations of Buddhism in the United States to examine fantastically American Buddhist methods of life—ways of perceiving and knowing. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff have prepared this certain assortment in response to the Buddhist suggestion of the 3 Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha part discusses the 2 key academics who popularized Buddhism in the US: Alan Watts and D. T. Suzuki and the actual forms of spirituality they proclaimed. The Dharma part bargains with how Buddhism can enlighten present public debates and a attention of our nationwide earlier with explorations of bioethics, abortion, end-of-life judgements, and awareness in past due capitalism. the ultimate part at the Sangha, or group of believers, discusses how Buddhist groups either formal and casual have affected American society with chapters on family members lifestyles, 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 through SUNY Press.

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