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By Gary Storhoff,John Whalen-Bridge

Explores a number of Buddhist views in a quite American context.

The US seems turning into a Buddhist nation. superstar converts, the recognition of the Dalai Lama, motifs in renowned videos, and mala beads on the mall point out an expanding inculcation of Buddhism into the yank recognition, no matter if a comparatively small percent of the inhabitants really describe themselves as Buddhists. This publication seems past the trendier manifestations of Buddhism in the USA to examine exceptionally American Buddhist methods of life—ways of perceiving and knowing. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff have prepared this targeted assortment according to the Buddhist thought of the 3 Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha part discusses the 2 key academics who popularized Buddhism in the USA: Alan Watts and D. T. Suzuki and the actual types of spirituality they proclaimed. The Dharma part bargains with how Buddhism can enlighten present public debates and a attention of our nationwide prior with explorations of bioethics, abortion, end-of-life judgements, and recognition in overdue capitalism. the ultimate part at the Sangha, or group of believers, discusses how Buddhist groups either formal and casual have affected American society with chapters on kinfolk 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 college of Singapore. they're the coeditors of The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature, additionally released through SUNY Press.

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