By Gary Storhoff,John Whalen-Bridge
The US appears to be like changing into a Buddhist state. superstar 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, no matter if a comparatively small percent of the inhabitants really describe themselves as Buddhists. This ebook seems to be past the trendier manifestations of Buddhism in the US to examine tremendously American Buddhist methods of life—ways of perceiving and knowing. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff have equipped this distinctive assortment in line with the Buddhist suggestion of the 3 Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha part discusses the 2 key lecturers who popularized Buddhism in the United States: Alan Watts and D. T. Suzuki and the actual different types of spirituality they proclaimed. The Dharma part bargains 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 attention in past due 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 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 collage of Singapore. they're the coeditors of The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature, additionally released via SUNY Press.
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