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Buddhism in America
Seager, Richard Hughes.
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Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xviii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1440 Lexile.
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BQ732 .S43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Offering a portrait of the communities, institutions, practices, and individuals that are integral to the contemporary Buddhist landscape, this text assesses American Buddhism as a whole and looks into its future.

Author Notes

Richard Hughes Seager is associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College.

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Choice Review

The first edition (1999) of this work by Seager (Hamilton College) long has served as a key source and comprehensive guide to the philosophy and practice of Buddhism, in its many forms, transplanted to the US. Now this revised and expanded edition, with its comprehensive approach, updates that history during the last half century, covering contemporary developments and the growing prominence of this religious movement, which encompasses multiple contemporary American Buddhist communities (Buddhisms?). This current edition serves as a much-needed general clarification of existing materials. It adds three new chapters that include revision of information on the divergent forms of Buddhism outlined in the earlier edition, up-to-date information on new leadership among European American Buddhists, and the role of current neurological research and ongoing methods of meditation, along with an account of the growing interest in mindfulness practice. Seager offers a broad yet even take on Buddhism's development and a glimpse into changes that the future could bring to Buddhism in the US. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers. J. M. Boyle emerita, Dowling College

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Part 1 Background
Chapter 1 The American Buddhist Landscapep. 3
Chapter 2 Very Basic Buddhismp. 12
Chapter 3 Three Vehiclesp. 20
Chapter 4 The American Settingp. 33
Part 2 Major Traditions
Chapter 5 Jodo Shinshu: America's Old-Line Buddhistsp. 51
Chapter 6 Soka Gakkai and Its Nichiren Humanismp. 70
Chapter 7 Zen and Its Flagship Institutionsp. 90
Chapter 8 The Tibetan Milieup. 113
Chapter 9 The Theravada Spectrump. 136
Chapter 10 Other Pacific Rim Migrationsp. 158
Part 3 Selected Issues
Chapter 11 Gender Equityp. 185
Chapter 12 Socially Engaged Buddhismp. 201
Chapter 13 Intra-Buddhist and Interreligious Dialoguep. 216
Chapter 14 Making Some Sense of Americanizationp. 232
Profilesp. 249
Chronologyp. 267
Notesp. 271
Glossaryp. 279
Resources for the Study of American Buddhismp. 285
Indexp. 295