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The first authoritative volume on the totality of Buddhism in the West, Westward Dharma establishes a comparative and theoretical perspective for considering the amazing variety of Buddhist traditions, schools, centers, and teachers that have developed outside of Asia. Leading scholars from North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia explore the plurality and heterogeneity of traditions and practices that are characteristic of Buddhism in the West.

This recent, dramatic growth in Western Buddhism is accompanied by an expansion of topics and issues of Buddhist concern. The contributors to this volume treat such topics as the broadening spirit of egalitarianism; the increasing emphasis on the psychological, as opposed to the purely religious, nature of practice; scandals within Buddhist movements; the erosion of the distinction between professional and lay Buddhists; Buddhist settlement in Israel; the history of Buddhism in internment camps; repackaging Zen for the West; and women's dharma in the West. The interconnections of historical and theoretical approaches in the volume make it a rich, multi-layered resource.

Synopsis:

"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.

Synopsis:

This is the first book to look at Buddhism's migration around the globe, assessing how the religion has impacted and been impacted by its encounter with non-Asian cultures in the Western world.

About the Author

Charles S. Prebish is Professor of Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University and author and editor of numerous works, including Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America (California, 1999), A Survey of Vinaya Literature (1994), and American Buddhism (1979). He is coeditor of The Faces of Buddhism in America (California, 1998) and the electronic Journal of Buddhist Ethics. Martin Baumann is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, and research fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at Hannover University, Germany. He is the author of Diaspora: Hindus and Trinidad (2002), Migration, Religion, Integration (2000), and Deutsche Buddhisten: Geschichte and Gemeinschaften (1993). He is also coeditor of Religions fo the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices (2002). Prebish and Buamann are coeditors of the electronic Journal of Global Buddhism (http://www.globalbuddhism.org).

Table of Contents

List of Tables

Introduction: Paying Homage to the Buddha in the West

Martin Baumann and Charles S. Prebish

PART I: PROFILING GLOBAL BUDDHISM: A DESCRIPTION OF THE LANDSCAPE

1. Who Is a Buddhist? Night-Stand Buddhists and Other Creatures

Thomas A. Tweed

2. The Spectrum of Buddhist Practice in the West

B. Alan Wallace

3. Protective Amulets and Awareness Techniques, or How to Make Sense of Buddhism in the West

Martin Baumann

4. Studying the Spread and Histories of Buddhism in the West: The Emergence of Western Buddhism as a New Subdiscipline within Buddhist Studies

Charles S. Prebish

PART II: DIFFUSION: THE HISTORIES OF BUDDHISM IN WESTERN COUNTRIES

5. Buddhism in Europe: Past, Present, Prospects

Martin Baumann

6. American Buddhism in the Making

Richard Hughes Seager

7. Buddhism in Canada

Bruce Matthews

8. The Development of Buddhism in Australia and New Zealand

Michelle Spuler

9. Buddhism in South Africa

Michel Clasquin

10. Buddhism in Brazil and Its Impact on the Larger Brazilian Society

Frank Usarski

11. Buddha in the Promised Land: Outlines of the Buddhist Settlement in Israel

Lionel Obadia

PART III: CHANGE: ADAPTATIONS AND INNOVATIONS

12. Camp Dharma: Japanese-American Buddhist Identity and the Internment Experience of World War II

Duncan Ryuken Williams

13. The Translating Temple: Diasporic Buddhism in Florida

Douglas M. Padgett

14. Repackaging Zen for the West

David L. McMahan

15. Scandals in Emerging Western Buddhism

Sandra Bell

PART IV: LIFESTYLE: BEING A BUDDHIST IN WESTERN SOCIETIES

16. The Challenge of Community

Ajahn Tiradhammo

17. Buddhist Nuns: Changes and Challenges

Karma Lekshe Tsomo

18. Neither Monk nor Nun: Western Buddhists as Full-Time Practitioners

Sylvia Wetzel

19. Virtues without Rules: Ethics in the Insight Meditation Movement

Gil Fronsdal

PART V: BUDDHISM FACING NEW CHALLENGES

20. The Roar of the Lioness: Women's Dharma in the West

Judith Simmer-Brown

21. Engaged Buddhism: Agnosticism, Interdependence, Globalization

Christopher S. Queen

22. The Encounter of Buddhism and Psychology

Franz Aubrey Metcalf

23. A "Commodius Vicus Recirculation:: Buddhism, Art, and Modernity

Ian Harris

Bibliography

List of Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520234901
Editor:
Prebish, Charles S.
Editor:
Baumann, Martin
Editor:
Prebish, Charles S.
Editor:
Baumann, Martin
Author:
Prebish, Charles S.
Author:
Baumann, Martin
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Buddhism -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Globalization - Religious aspects - Buddhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
084-01
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 tables
Pages:
436
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 22 oz

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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.

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