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Creating a Buddhist community : a Thai temple in Silicon Valley

Author: Jiemin Bao
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2015.
Series: Asian American history & culture.
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"The Wat Thai Buddhist Temple in Silicon Valley was founded in 1983 by a group of predominantly middle-class men and women with different ethnic and racial identities. The temple, which functions as a religious, social, economic, educational, and cultural hub, has become a place for the community members to engage in spiritual and cultural practices. In Creating a Buddhist Community, Jiemin Bao shows how the Wat  Read more...
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Bao, Jiemin.
Creating a Buddhist community
(DLC) 2014040345
(OCoLC)893896028
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jiemin Bao
ISBN: 9781439909560 1439909563
OCLC Number: 905649815
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: A Community in the Making; 2. Creating a Temple Community; 3. Erecting a Chapel: Carving Out Cultural Space; 4. Monks in the Making; 5. Merit Making: Transnational Circuits; 6. Shaping and Performing Thai American Identities; 7. Conclusion: Interaction, Interdependence, and Transformations; Notes; Glossary; References; Index.
Series Title: Asian American history & culture.
Responsibility: Jiemin Bao.

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"The Wat Thai Buddhist Temple in Silicon Valley was founded in 1983 by a group of predominantly middle-class men and women with different ethnic and racial identities. The temple, which functions as a religious, social, economic, educational, and cultural hub, has become a place for the community members to engage in spiritual and cultural practices. In Creating a Buddhist Community, Jiemin Bao shows how the Wat Thai participants practice Buddhism and rework gender relationships in the course of organizing temple space, teaching meditation, schooling children in Thai language and culture, merit making, fundraising, and celebrating festivals. Bao's detailed account of the process of creating an inclusive temple community with Thai immigrants as the majority helps to deconstruct the exoticized view of Buddhism in American culture. Creating a Buddhist Community also explores Wat Thai's identification with both the United States and Thailand and how this transnational perspective reimagines and reterritorializes what is called American Buddhism."--

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