American dharma : Buddhism beyond modernity (Book, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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American dharma : Buddhism beyond modernity

Author: Ann Gleig
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The past couple of decades have witnessed Buddhist communities both continuing the modernization of Buddhism and questioning some of its limitations. In this fascinating portrait of a rapidly changing religious landscape, Ann Gleig illuminates the aspirations and struggles of younger North American Buddhists during a period she identifies as a distinct stage in the assimilation of Buddhism to the West. She observes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Gleig
ISBN: 0300215800 9780300215809
OCLC Number: 1046462479
Description: x, 362 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction; ONE: Buddhist Modernism from Asia to America; TWO: From the Mindfulness Revolution to the Mindfulness Wars; THREE: Sex, Scandal, and the Shadow of the Roshi; FOUR: Meditation and Awakening in the American Vipassana Network; FIVE: The Dukkha of Racism: Racial Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice Work; SIX: Buddhism Unbundled: From Buddhist Geeks to Meditate.io; SEVEN: From the Boomers to Generation X; EIGHT: Critical, Collective, and Contextual Turns; Conclusion: American Buddhism in a "Post" Age; Appendix.
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The past couple of decades have witnessed Buddhist communities both continuing the modernization of Buddhism and questioning some of its limitations. In this fascinating portrait of a rapidly changing religious landscape, Ann Gleig illuminates the aspirations and struggles of younger North American Buddhists during a period she identifies as a distinct stage in the assimilation of Buddhism to the West. She observes both the emergence of new innovative forms of deinstitutionalized Buddhism that blur the boundaries between the religious and secular, and a revalorization of traditional elements of Buddhism, such as ethics and community, that were discarded in the modernization process. Based on extensive ethnographic and textual research, the book ranges from mindfulness debates in the Vipassana network to the sex scandals in American Zen, while exploring issues around racial diversity and social justice, the impact of new technologies, and generational differences between baby boomer, Gen X, and millennial teachers.

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"In this engaging and thoughtful study, Ann Gleig asks challenging and important questions about the limits of modern Buddhism and the future of the tradition in the United States."-Scott A. Read more...

 
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