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Buddhist Faith in America

In America today, for the first time in world history, every major form of Buddhism is practiced in one nation. Buddhist Faith in America describes how this ancient faith has been as deeply affected by A… (See Below for Full Description)
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In America today, for the first time in world history, every major form of Buddhism is practiced in one nation. Buddhist Faith in America describes how this ancient faith has been as deeply affected by America as America has been affected by it.

Buddhism is one of the world's oldest and most widely-practiced faiths, but in America it has a relatively short history. However, in the short time it has flourished here, the faith has influenced Americans from all walks of life—from celebrities and sports stars to ordinary people, and many Americans have embraced the philosophy behind Buddhism. This book explores how Asian immigrants have brought Buddhism to America and enjoyed the freedom to practice their beliefs without constraints. It describes the basic tenets of the three major schools of Buddhism; the relationship between various Buddhist immigrant communities and American Buddhists; the emergence of the socially engaged Buddhist; and Buddhism's influence on American culture and society.

Coverage includes:
  • Famous American Buddhists, such as Phil Jackson, Richard Gere, and Tina Turner
  • Historical personalities, such as D.T. Suzuki, Paul Carus, and Chogyam Trungpa
  • Hsi Lai Temple, the largest Buddhist monastery in the Western Hemisphere
  • Buddhism's influence on the Unitarians, transcendentalists, and the Beat Generation
  • The Chinese Exclusion Act
  • The role of women in American Buddhism.

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-0-8160-4988-2
ISBN-10 816049882
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series Faith in America
Author Michael Burgan; Series Editor: J. Gordon Melton
Publication Date 4/1/2003
Book's Binding Hardcover
Imprint Facts On File
Specifications Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Bibliography. Glossary. Chronology. Index.
Available Formats Print

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