The Faces of Buddhism in America

The editors bring some of the leading voices in Buddhist studies to examine the debates surrounding contemporary Buddhism's many faces.

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Author: Charles S. Prebish

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520213017

Category: Religion

Page: 370

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The editors bring some of the leading voices in Buddhist studies to examine the debates surrounding contemporary Buddhism's many faces. Race, feminism, homosexuality, psychology, environmentalism, and notions of authority are some of the issues confronting the religion today. 9 photos.

Luminous Passage

This book fully captures the vibrancy and importance of Buddhism in American religious life today. Finally, Prebish appraises the state of Buddhism at the millennium.

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Author: Charles S. Prebish

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520922255

Category: Religion

Page: 345

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In Luminous Passage a well-known Buddhologist and longtime observer of Buddhism in the United States presents the first comprehensive scholarly study of American Buddhism in nearly two decades. Charles S. Prebish revisits the expanding frontier of the fastest growing religion in North America and describes its historical development, its diversity, and the significance of this ancient tradition at century's end. More than anything else, this is a book about American Buddhist communities (sanghas) and about life within those communities. Prebish considers various Buddhist practices, rituals, and liturgies, as well as the ways these communities have confronted the changing American spiritual landscape. In profiling several different sanghas Prebish reveals the ways that Buddhism is being both reinvented and Westernized. He includes the first exploration of the American Buddhist "cybersangha," a community that has emerged from recent developments in information-exchange technology, and discusses the growing community of "scholar-practitioners." The interactions of Buddhist identities that are related to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social engagement, and the healing professions are also examined. This book fully captures the vibrancy and importance of Buddhism in American religious life today. Finally, Prebish appraises the state of Buddhism at the millennium. Placing the development of American Buddhism squarely in the midst of the religion's general globalization, he argues for an ecumenical movement which will embrace Buddhist communities worldwide.

Westward Dharma

"Like seeds on the wind, Buddhist teachings continue to reach new lands. This outstanding book brings to light, in rich detail, the current flowering of Buddhism in the West.

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Author: Charles S. Prebish

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520234901

Category: Religion

Page: 425

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"Like seeds on the wind, Buddhist teachings continue to reach new lands. This outstanding book brings to light, in rich detail, the current flowering of Buddhism in the West. Long a world religion, Buddhism is now a global one."—Kenneth Kraft, author of The Wheel of Engaged Buddhism "Westward Dharma deserves a place on the growing bookshelf of contemporary Buddhist studies. Prebish and Baumann broaden our horizons from North America to the wider Western world, exploring key aspects of Buddhism's most recent geographical and cultural expansion."—Paul David Numrich, coauthor of Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America.

Becoming Buddhist

(1998), 'Introduction', in C. S. Prebish and K. Tanaka (eds), The Faces of
Buddhism in America. Berkely, Los Angeles and London: University of California
Press, p. 1; A. Rawlinson. (1997), The Book of Enlightened Masters: Western
Teachers ...

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Author: Glenys Eddy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441161451

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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What does it mean to be a Western Buddhist? For the predominantly Anglo-Australian affiliates of two Western Buddhist centres in Australia, the author proposes an answer to this question, and finds support for it from interviews and her own participant-observation experience.Practitioners' prior experiences of experimentation with spiritual groups and practices-and their experiences of participation, practice and self-transformation-are examined with respect to their roles in practitioners' appropriation of the Buddhist worldview, and their subsequent commitment to the path to enlightenment.Religious commitment is experienced as a decision-point, itself the effect of the individual's experimental immersion in the Centre's activities.During this time the claims of the Buddhist worldview are tested against personal experience and convictions. Using rich ethnographic data and Lofland and Skonovd's experimental conversion motif as a model for theorizing the stages of involvement leading to commitment, the author demonstrates that this study has a wider application to our understanding of the role of alternative religions in western contexts.

Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America Asian traditions

Although it has only a few centers in the United States , the U . K . - based Friends
of the Western Buddhist Order , which blends various Buddhist traditions
including Tibetan , is the type of organization ... The Faces of Buddhism in
America .

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Author: Eugene V. Gallagher

Publisher:

ISBN: 0275987167

Category: Cults

Page: 5

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Annotation. Most new or alternative religious are gravely misunderstood by members of the religious mainstream. Labeled cults or sects, groups and their members are often ridiculed or otherwise disregarded as weird and potentially dangerous by the populace at large. Despite their efforts at educating the general public, the various anti- and counter-cult activists have in fact promoted much more mis-understanding than accurate understanding of the religious lives of some of their fellow citizens. Consequently, they have helped to create a very hostile environment for anyone whose religious practices do not fit within a so-called mainstream. This set rectifies the situation by presenting accurate, comprehensive, authoritative and accessible accounts of various new and alternative religious movements that have been and are active in American society, and it addresses ways of understanding new and alternative religions within a broader context. Determining what actually constitutes a new or alternative religion is a subject of constant debate. Questions arise as to a new faith's legitimacy, beliefs, methods of conversion, and other facets of a religious movement's viability and place in a given culture. How a religion gains recognition by the mainstream, which often labels such new movements as cults, is fraught with difficulty, tension, and fear. Here, experts delineate the boundaries and examine the various groups, beliefs, movements, and other issues related to new faiths and alternative beliefs. Readers will come away with a fuller understanding of the religious landscape in America today. Volume 1: History and Controversies discusses the foundations of new and alternative religions in the United States and addresses the controversies that surround them. This volume helps readers better understand what makes a new or alternative belief system a religion and the issues involved. Volume 2: Jewish and Christian Traditions explores the various new religions that have grown out of these two Abrahamic faiths. Groups such as the Shakers, the People's Temple, the Branch Davidians, Jehovah's Witnesses and others are examined. Volume 3: Metaphysical, New Age, and Neopagan Movements looks at Shamanism, Spiritualism, Wicca, and Paganism, among other movements, as they have developed and grown in the U.S. These faiths have found new and devoted followers yet are often misunderstood. Volume 4: Asian Traditions focuses on those new and alternative religions that have been inspired by Asian religious traditions. From Baha'i to Soka Gakkai, from Adidam to the Vedanta Society, contributors look at a full range of groups practicing and worshiping in the U.S. today. Volume 5: African Diaspora Traditions and Other American Innovations examines the various traditions linked to the African diaspora such as Rastafarianism, Santeria, and the Nation of Islam, alongside traditions that are truly American incarnations like Scientology, UFO religions, and Heaven's Gate. Some of the new and alternative religions covered in these pages include: ; Shamanism ; Wicca ; Black Israelites ; Santeria ; Scientology ; Elan Vital ; Hare Krishna ; Soka Gakkai ; and many more

Buddhism

Prebish , Charles S. Luminous Passage : The Practice and Study of Buddhism in
America . Berkeley : University of California Press , 1999 . , and Kenneth K.
Tanaka , eds . The Faces of Buddhism in America . Berkeley : University of
California ...

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Author: Donald William Mitchell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: STANFORD:36105123324555

Category: Religion

Page: 416

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Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, Second Edition, focuses on the depth of Buddhist experience as expressed in the teachings and practices of its religious and philosophical traditions. Taking a broad and inclusive approach, this unique work spans over 2,500 years, offering chapters on Buddhism's origins in India; Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism; and Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan. It also includes an extensive discussion of modern, socially engaged Buddhism and a concluding chapter on the spread of Buddhism to the West. Author Donald W. Mitchell provides substantial selections of primary text material throughout that illustrate a great variety of moral, cultural, psychological, meditative, and spiritual Buddhist experiences. Buddhism features twenty-two boxed personal narratives by respected Buddhist leaders and scholars, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharma Master Sheng Yen, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Jeffrey Hopkins, Sulak Sivaraksa, Rita M. Gross, Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, and Robert Aitken. The text also includes photographs, maps, a pronunciation guide, and a glossary of technical terms. Integrating more information about how Buddhism is actually practiced around the world today, the second edition adds six brief end-of-chapter essays by scholars and practitioners on cultural experiences of Buddhism in Thailand, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, and America. Ideal for courses in Buddhism, Asian religions, and Asian philosophy, this edition also offers additional photographs, new sections on topics like Buddhist cosmology, expanded coverage of Buddhism and globalization, and updated suggestions for further reading.

Action Dharma

These essays chart the emergence of a new chapter in an ancient faith - the rise of social service and political activism in Buddhist Asia and the West. Engaged Buddhists have sought new ways to comfort society's oppressed communities.

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Author: Christopher S. Queen

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0700715940

Category: Religion

Page: 365

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These essays chart the emergence of a new chapter in an ancient faith - the rise of social service and political activism in Buddhist Asia and the West. Engaged Buddhists have sought new ways to comfort society's oppressed communities.

A Concise Encyclopedia of Buddhism

The Faces of Buddhism in America . Berkeley : University of California Press ,
1999 Tweed , Thomas A. The American Encounter with Buddhism , 1844–1912 .
Bloomington : Indiana University Press , 1992 Art , architecture , and iconography
 ...

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Author: John Powers

Publisher: Oneworld Publications Limited

ISBN: UOM:39015049545745

Category: Reference

Page: 277

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In this accessible guide, Buddhism is presented both in its historical context and as a religion with great contemporary diversity, covering figures and events of the earliest years to 20th century, from eastern worship to western movements.

Issei Buddhism in the Americas

Overall lists of academic theses and doctoral dissertations on Buddhism in
America were compiled by Duncan Ryûken Williams. See appendixes in Duncan
Ryûken Williams and Christopher S. Queen, eds., American Buddhism: Methods
and ...

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Author: Duncan Ryuken Williams

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252092899

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Rich in primary sources and featuring contributions from scholars on both sides of the Pacific, Issei Buddhism in the Americas upends boundaries and categories that have tied Buddhism to Asia and illuminates the social and spiritual role that the religion has played in the Americas. While Buddhists in Japan had long described the migration of the religion as traveling from India, across Asia, and ending in Japan, this collection details the movement of Buddhism across the Pacific to the Americas. Leading the way were pioneering, first-generation Issei priests and their followers who established temples, shared Buddhist teachings, and converted non-Buddhists in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book explores these pioneering efforts in the context of Japanese diasporic communities and immigration history and the early history of Buddhism in the Americas. The result is a dramatic exploration of the history of Asian immigrant religion that encompasses such topics as Japanese language instruction in Hawaiian schools, the Japanese Canadian community in British Columbia, the roles of Buddhist song culture, Tenriyko ministers in America, and Zen Buddhism in Brazil. Contributors are Michihiro Ama, Noriko Asato, Masako Iino, Tomoe Moriya, Lori Pierce, Cristina Rocha, Keiko Wells, Duncan Ryûken Williams, and Akihiro Yamakura.

Presenting Japanese Buddhism to the West

In describing and analysing this event, this text challenges the view of Orientalism as a one-way process by which Asian cultures are understood through Western ideas.

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Author: Judith Snodgrass

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807854581

Category: Religion

Page: 351

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Japanese Buddhism was introduced to the West during the World's Parliament of Religions, in the 1893 Columbian Exposition. In describing and analysing this event, this text challenges the view of Orientalism as a one-way process by which Asian cultures are understood through Western ideas.

Developments in Australian Buddhism

Visible and Invisible : The Politics of Representation in Buddhist America . '
Tricycle : The Buddhist Review 5 , no . 1 ( 1995 ) : 42-9 . ' Who is a Buddhist ?:
Charting the Landscape of Buddhist America . ' In The Faces of Buddhism in
America ...

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Author: Michelle Spuler

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0700715827

Category: Religion

Page: 199

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This book examines the adaptation of Buddhism to the Australian socio-cultural context, within the broader context of Buddhism's development in Westernized countries.

Religion and American Culture

Emma Layman . Buddhism in America ( Chicago : Nelson - Hall , 1976 ) , 54. See
also Charles S. Prebish and Kenneth Tanaka , eds . , The Faces of Buddhism in
America ( Berkeley : University of California Press , 1998 ) ; Charles S. Prebish ...

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Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112086615777

Category: Religion and culture

Page:

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The American Encounter with Buddhism 1844 1912

Charting the Landscape of Buddhist America , ” in Prebish and Tanaka , eds . ,
Faces of Buddhism in America , 183 – 95 ; Thomas A . Tweed , “ Night - Stand
Buddhists and Other Creatures : Sympathizers , Adherents , and the Study of ...

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Author: Thomas A. Tweed

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: UVA:X004478985

Category: History

Page: 242

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Provides a history of the introduction of Buddhism in the United States, focusing on the Buddhist followers' contact and conflict with America's Protestant traditionalists.

Lgbt Encyclopedia of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History in America Actors to gyms

Coming Out in the Sangha : Queer Community in American Buddhism . ” In The
Faces of Buddhism in America . ... Mainstream LGBT Buddhism Stimulated by
these independent groups , many established Buddhist centers are developing ...

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Author: Marc Stein

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 068431262X

Category: Bisexuals

Page: 487

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Online version of the 3-vol. work published by Gale providing a comprehensive survey of lesbian and gay history and culture in the United States.

Many Peoples Many Faiths

Morreale, Don, ed., The Complete Guide to Buddhist America. Dalai Lama,
foreward. Boston: Shambhala, 1998. Prebish, Charles S. and Kenneth K. Tanaka,
eds., The Faces of Buddhism in America. Berkeley: University of California Press,
 ...

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Author: Robert S. Ellwood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 013034172X

Category: Religion

Page: 527

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For more than three decades this introduction to the world's religions, Many Peoples, Many Faiths has combined factual information with empathic writing that seeks to convey the flavor of our planet's diverse religions and cultures. This classic work helps students gain a sense of each religion's unique characteristics while tackling some of today's most critical religious issues. It is written in an engaging style and has been fully updated--with fresh insights and information on each of the world's major religions, along with new religious movements.

The Journal of American East Asian Relations

John Hohenberg , Between Two Worlds : Policy , Press , and Public Opinion in
Asian - American Relations ( New York ... Charles S . Prebish , Kenneth Kenichi
Tanaka , eds . , The Faces of Buddhism in America ( Berkeley : University of ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: UCSD:31822033954074

Category: East Asia

Page:

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Buddhism in America

Chinese sangha when they wanted to ordain monks and nuns , came to America
looking for masters and certifiers . Outside , I would say this event was a
manifestation of an intercultural exchange . The bamboo curtain , in reverse ,
parted .

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Author: Al Rapaport

Publisher: Tuttle Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015040367677

Category: Religion

Page: 568

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Presents excerpts and synopses of the keynote presentations, Dharma talks, and workshops from the three day conference held in Boston in January 1997 on the current practice of Buddhism in the United States.

Journal of Asian American Studies

Charles S . Prebish , “ Two Buddhisms Reconsidered , ” Buddhist Studies Review
10 , no . 2 ( 1993 ) : 187 ; Charles S ... Charting the Landscape of Buddhist
America , ” in The Faces of Buddhism in America , ed . Charles S . Prebish and ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89100783364

Category: Asian Americans

Page:

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Official publication of the Association for Asian American Studies, explores all aspects of the Asian American experience. Publishes original works of scholarly interest to the field, including new theoretical developments; research results; methodological innovations; public policy concerns; pedagogical issues; and book, media reviews.

The A to Z of Buddhism

His prior books include Introduction to Religions of the East : Reader ( co - edited
with Jane I . Smith ) , Buddhist Monastic Discipline , Buddhism : A Modern
Perspective , American Buddhism , Buddhist Ethics : A Cross - Cultural Approach
 ...

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Author: Charles S. Prebish

Publisher: A to Z Guides

ISBN: UOM:49015003007243

Category: Philosophy

Page: 281

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This book provides a comprehensive framework for understanding Buddhism as a historically compelling religion.

Spirituality Within Religious Traditions in Social Work Practice

Dropping ashes on the Buddha : The teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn . New
York : Grove ... Luminous passage : The practice and study of Buddhism in
America . Berkeley : University of ... The faces of Buddhism in America . Berkeley
 ...

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Author: Mary Van Hook

Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company

ISBN: 0534584195

Category: Psychology

Page: 300

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As it is valuable for practitioners to understand the meaning systems of clients and to identify both potential resources and strains in the lives of clients, the goal of this book is to help social workers and other counselors become culturally competent in the area of religious traditions.