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  Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . COVER STORY . Buddhism in America . August 13, 1999 | PBS
Here at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, California, practitioners follow the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism, a tradition brought to America by Tibetan teachers, including the Dalai Lama, after they were forced from their homeland in 1959.
This is the beginning of Buddhism, is the acknowledgment that suffering is endemic to human life and that this needs to be acknowledged and realized, and that once this is acknowledged and realized, there is a way to work with it.
Buddhism is not a Sunday religion; it isn't a one-day-a-week religion.
www.pbs.org /wnet/religionandethics/week250/cover.html   (1045 words)

 Buddhism in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Buddhism is a religion with millions of followers in the United States, including traditionally Buddhist Asian Americans as well as non-Asians, many of whom are converts.
Perhaps the most significant event in the 19th century history of Buddhism in America was the Parliament of the World’s Religions, held in Chicago in 1893.
The name Buddhist Churches of America was adopted at Topaz Relocation Center in Utah; the use of the word “church”, which normally implies a Christian house of worship, was significant.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Buddhism_in_America   (7826 words)

 American Buddhism Makes History
Is it the Buddhism of the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT)?
At that time, Buddhism was presented to the court of Yamato by a delegation sent by the Prince of Kudara (a principality in southern Korea) as a sign of homage and friendship.
I wonder if the practitioners of Buddhism in 7th century Japan concerned themselves with whether or not they were practicing “Japanese Buddhism.” My guess is that they just practiced, and were less concerned with the name, or label, they applied to their practice.
www.heartlandsangha.org /history.html   (1165 words)

 New Frontiers in Buddhism: Three Recent Works on Buddhism in America
For, as scholars of American Buddhism and American religious pluralism have long known, Buddhism in America is far more than one would suspect from a perusal of popular magazine articles or the "Eastern Religions" section of the local Waldenbooks.
One function of their Buddhism is to conserve a way of life that, for some, has vanished or is under siege in their homelands.
Prebish is singularly qualified for authoritative commentary on Buddhism in America, having published one of the first academic books on the subject over twenty years ago and having become the foremost authority on the subject in the intervening years.
www.globalbuddhism.org /1/mcmahan001.html   (5880 words)

 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . COVER STORY . Tensions in American Buddhism . July 6, 2001 | PBS
It is by far the oldest and most successful form of Buddhism in America, introduced around the turn of the 20th century, discussed in both popular and academic books, and, at least since the Zen boom of the 1960s, widely practiced in many centers throughout the country.
Buddhism in America is characterized by a very broad sectarian, ethnic, and cultural diversity.
It includes those whose Buddhism emphasizes the importance of living a moral life and those who view moral rules as too constraining, those who consider contributing to the monastic community ("making merit") to be a central Buddhist practice and those who focus exclusively on meditation.
www.pbs.org /wnet/religionandethics/week445/buddhism.html   (5892 words)

 Buddhism in America
Buddhism is a religion with millions of followers in North America, including traditionally Buddhist Asian Americans as well as non-Asian converts.
America presents a strikingly new and different environment for Buddhists, leading to a unique history and a continuing process of development as Buddhism and America come to grips with each other.
Because Buddhism exists as a cultural concept in American society, there may be individuals who self-describe at Buddhists but have essentially no knowledge of or commitment to Buddhism as a religion or practice; on the other hand, others may be deeply involved in meditation and commited to the Buddhadharma, but may refuse the label Buddhist.
www.purifymind.com /BuddhismAmerica.htm   (7013 words)

 Buddhism Today - Dda.o Pha^.t Nga`y Nay, default page-english
In addition to elite/import Buddhism (practiced mostly by the educated and affluent), and ethnic/baggage Buddhism (practiced mostly by immigrants and their descendents), Nattier adds export Buddhism (practiced by those here seeking to convert others to the practice).
Ironically, Carus's appropriation of Buddhism as an exact analogue to his "Religion of Science" dovetailed with a Japanese effort to assert superiority over the West in the field of religion.
Buddhists in America know how important this transmission is. As a senior Zen student told me, his rooshi will one day be seen as "a mountain of Zen" because he established his lineage in America.
www.buddhismtoday.com /english/book/005-faces.htm   (2477 words)

 Buddhism in America   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
There is also no one form of Buddhism in the United States, but rather a plurality of different forms of Buddhism which have only recently begun to interact, but for the most part they keep to themselves.
This is one of the reasons why Buddhism has been in the United States for so long, and yet not until the last few decades has it begun to spread outside the small ethnic enclaves within which it had confined itself.
Unfortunately, as with the Buddhist Churches of America or Sokoji temple in San Francisco, the older generations of Japanese-Americans are passing on while the younger generations are moving away or leaving the temples behind as they assimilate, and no new waves of Japanese immigration are replacing their numbers.
nichirenscoffeehouse.net /Ryuei/Buddhism-in-America.html   (4354 words)

 In America - Urban Dharma
One of the central ideas in Buddhism is that life is a classroom and the main subject is suffering.
Buddhism's dramatic growth in Western countries, observable for about the past three decades, has been accompanied by an increased number of Buddhist books and scholarly studies.
Mahayana Buddhism is bodhisattva ideal, Pure Land doctrine, and Maitreyanism, which often appeared in China in times of political instability, both reach past the individual to relate Buddhist soteriology to society as a whole.
www.urbandharma.org /budinamerica.html   (5078 words)

Since the year 2001, Buddhism has experienced an ever greater interest and growth among native born Americans that gives us the impression that the number and percentage of Buddhist adherents must be even larger in 2006 than in 2001.
Secondly, growth is also attributed to the new generation of native-born American Buddhist teachers who have learned to better communicate the dharma to the ever increasing American audience and have adopted modern organizational models to maintain and propagate the dharma.
Buddhism is also influencing modern psychology, exploring the potential cognitive and health benefits from meditation.
buddhistfaith.tripod.com /pureland_sangha/id65.html   (1230 words)

 Buddhism Today - Dda.o Pha^.t Nga`y Nay, default page-english
American Buddhism assembles thirteen essays of varying lengths and strengths, half of which were presented at a conference on Buddhism in America held at the Harvard Divinity School in 1997.
Although they indicate that research has in no sense come to an end despite the current wave of studies on Buddhism in America, the results presented thus far are not really new or path-breaking.
This sophisticated American historian not only looks back on existing studies of Buddhism in the United States but also surveys the "Buddhist worlds in the U.S.A." From a bird's eye view the reader again is presented with the plurality of Buddhist expressions and traditions current in North America.
www.buddhismtoday.com /english/book/004-american.htm   (1736 words)

 Forum: Diversity and Divisions in America Buddhism
Today, Buddhism in America is incredibly diverse and no longer seems to fit into the neat typologies of previous decades.
Buddhism has only been on the North American continent for about 150 years, and it’s still in what Richard Seager called the “heroic age,” marking the beginning of the various communities.
DUNCAN RYUKEN WILLIAMS is an ordained priest in the Soto Zen tradition and an associate professor of Japanese Buddhism at the University of California, Berkeley.
www.thebuddhadharma.com /issues/2006/winter/forum-diversity.html   (691 words)

 Buddhism in America: Can the Buddhist religion survive Western culture? - WIE.org
America's foremost transpersonal theorist points beyond conventional religious pursuit to the revolutionary possibility of authentic spiritual transformation.
America's largest Buddhist publisher discusses the myth of millennialism and the challenges of spiritual publishing in the New Age.
One of the founding fathers of American Buddhism speaks about why he never became a monk, and insists that transcendence of the world is strictly an inner matter.
www.wie.org /buddhism/?ppc=unb-gg-buddhism   (839 words)

 Amazon.ca: Faces of Buddhism in America: Books: Prebish   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Charles Prebish and Kenneth Tanaka have brought together 19 scholars and practitioners of Buddhism to gain some perspective on the origin and development of Buddhism itself--how it has taken root and grown in American soil.
Essays such as "Tibetan Buddhism in America" and "Responding to the Cries of the World" explore movements of Buddhism in America from the inside and the issues arising out of the Americanization of Buddhism, such as feminism, psychotherapy, and social engagement.
This excellent collection of essays touching on all of the diverse manifestations of Buddhism in contemporary America is especially useful in covering traditions that receive less attention elsewhere.
www.amazon.ca /Faces-Buddhism-America-Prebish/dp/0520213017   (392 words)

 The Faces of Buddhism in America   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in the United States, with adherents estimated in the several millions.
The faces of Buddhism in America are diverse, active, and growing, and this book will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding this vital religious movement.
Kenneth K. Tanaka is Professor of Buddhist Studies at the Institute for Buddhist Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and the author of Ocean: An Introduction to Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism in America (1997).
www.ucpress.edu /books/pages/8129.html   (474 words)

 Buddhism in America | Zen Buddhism | Asian Religions in America | Questia.com Online Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Buddhism in America and Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America, in Buddhist-Christian Studies » Read Now
Buddhism in America Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America by Clarke Hudson BUDDHISM IN AMERICA.
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www.questia.com /library/religion/buddhism-in-america.jsp   (784 words)

 Buddhism in America, spiritual teachings, spiritual practices, healing prayer.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Buddhism in America, spiritual teachings, spiritual practices, healing prayer.
Buddhism in America national conferences are held annually, and feature some of the West’s leading Buddhist teachers, practitioners, artists, and activists.
Buddhism views the mind as a maze of feelings, perceptions, and emotional states.
www.fourgates.com /buddhismamer.asp   (2253 words)

 American Buddhism
Buddhism in America: The Official Record of the Landmark Conference on the Future of Buddhist Meditative Practices in the West.
Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism and the Soka Gakkai in America: The Ethos of a New Religious Movement.
Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds.
www.globalbuddhism.org /bib-ambu.htm   (3371 words)

 Why Buddhism, Why Now? AND WHY IN AMERICA
Wrthin meditative Buddhism, by contrast, there are substantial differences in both content and style, due in part to the different cultures from which they are derived.
Although the images and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism may seem wild and chaotic on the surface, it is overall the most highly structured of all the forms of "new Buddhism" in America today.
As these newly transplanted forms of Buddhism enter their second and third generations in Americ~including the old and the young, from the casual to the devout practitioner-we can expect that they will come to bear a far greater resemblance to their more traditional Asian-American counterparts.
www.ambedkar.org /buddhism/_Why_Now_AND_WHY_IN_AMERICA.htm   (1327 words)

 Buddhism in America-part 1
The kind of Buddhism that becomes more sangha oriented and where people try to get together more and to connect in relation to the emotional level of their lives will create the appeal that will help make Buddhism really popular in the West.
As Buddhism comes to America it is going to be practiced based rather than tradition based.
That is something that Buddhism can absorb because it is Buddhism; because of the nature of what Buddhism is. I think there is already a mix in Pure-land Buddhism with the Taoism and the I Ching.
www.heartlandsangha.org /Bauerle1.html   (1500 words)

 Establishing Hierarchy in Ch'an/Zen Buddhism in America
Aitken-roshi is not alone in this belief, as it is commonly maintained in Zen and Buddhism in general, that the precepts are the foundation on which the meditation practice is based.
In North America, in 1998, a retreat was held under the direction of a Zen teacher we will call Carol, with eight full-time and a number of part-time students participating.
Zen in America has been presented in an extremely simplistic manner, so that one is led to believe that the terminology of Zen is "pure," that is, that it has no sociopolitical implications.
www.h-net.org /~buddhism/aar-bs/1999/lachs.htm   (16689 words)

 Theravada Buddhism in America by Wendy Cadge
The origin of Theravada Buddhism in America can be traced to a speech made by Anagarika Dharmapala at the World Parliament of Religions meeting in 1893.
In 1973, Jack Kornfield met Tibetan teacher Chogyam Trungpa at a party in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Trungpa invited him to come to Boulder, Colorado, in the summer of 1974 to teach at a new school he was starting, the Naropa Institute.
While the Thais and Sri Lankans forming temples were looking to import Theravada Buddhism as it was practiced in their home countries, Kornfield, Goldstein, Salzberg, and other early teachers were not interested in Theravada as practiced popularly in Thailand or Burma.
www.press.uchicago.edu /Misc/Chicago/089002.html   (7004 words)

 RELI288 - Buddhism in America
Buddhism has been in America for just over 100 years.
Although this is a comparatively short period of time, already there appear to be new directions as well as distinctive concerns that warrant the claim that an American Buddhism has begun to emerge.
Issues such as purity, equality and authority, for example, have all come to the fore as the various traditions of Buddhism make their way onto American soil.
www.wesleyan.edu /wesmaps/course0506/reli288f.htm   (235 words)

 Buddhism in America   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Jean-Jacques Annaud of his film: "Buddhism is everywhere." And he is right.
Buddhism "out of an enormous sense of shame" over the Vietnam War and its
Buddhisms survive Protestantism because of [the strength of that] culture?"
www.tibet.ca /en/wtnarchive/1997/10/6-2_1.html   (3510 words)

 REL R635 3897 Buddhism in America   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Is Buddhism likely to survive in North America, or is the high level of current interest in this religion only a passing fad?
Note that this seminar requires some background in Buddhism or North American religious history, but not both.
Requirements: active participation in seminar discussions, including short critical assessments of selected readings (approximately three per student per semester), and a final research paper (topic to be chosen in consultation with the instructor).
www.indiana.edu /~deanfac/blfal01/rel/rel_r635_3897.html   (248 words)

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