By Gary Storhoff,John Whalen-Bridge

Explores a variety of Buddhist views in a relatively American context.

The US appears to be like changing into a Buddhist nation. big name 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 recognition, no matter if a comparatively small percent of the inhabitants truly describe themselves as Buddhists. This booklet seems to be past the trendier manifestations of Buddhism in the USA to examine particularly American Buddhist methods of life—ways of perceiving and figuring out. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff have geared up this distinct assortment according to the Buddhist inspiration of the 3 Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha part discusses the 2 key academics who popularized Buddhism in the US: Alan Watts and D. T. Suzuki and the actual forms of spirituality they proclaimed. The Dharma part bargains with how Buddhism can enlighten present public debates and a attention of our nationwide earlier with explorations of bioethics, abortion, end-of-life judgements, and cognizance in past due 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 college 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 by way of SUNY Press.

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