By Gary Storhoff,John Whalen-Bridge
The US looks turning into a Buddhist nation. megastar 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 really describe themselves as Buddhists. This booklet seems past the trendier manifestations of Buddhism in the United States to examine quite American Buddhist methods of life—ways of perceiving and realizing. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff have geared up this certain assortment based on the Buddhist notion of the 3 Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha part discusses the 2 key lecturers who popularized Buddhism in the USA: Alan Watts and D. T. Suzuki and the actual forms of spirituality they proclaimed. The Dharma part offers with how Buddhism can enlighten present public debates and a attention of our nationwide previous with explorations of bioethics, abortion, end-of-life judgements, and awareness in overdue capitalism. the ultimate part at the Sangha, or neighborhood of believers, discusses how Buddhist groups either formal and casual have affected American society with chapters on relatives existence, Nisei Buddhists, homosexual liberation, and Zen gardens.
Gary Storhoff is affiliate Professor of English on the college of Connecticut at Stamford.
John Whalen-Bridge is affiliate Professor of English on the nationwide collage of Singapore. they're the coeditors of The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature, additionally released via SUNY Press.
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