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ab1e910f93b41e28df2fa90eab83217dAnne Gleig. American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity. Yale University Press, 2019. 376 p. ISBN 9780300215809

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“The past couple of decades have witnessed Buddhist communities both continuing the modernization of Buddhism and questioning some of its limitations. In this fascinating portrait of a rapidly changing religious landscape, Ann Gleig illuminates the aspirations and struggles of younger North American Buddhists during a period she identifies as a distinct stage in the assimilation of Buddhism to the West. She observes both the emergence of new innovative forms of deinstitutionalized Buddhism that blur the boundaries between the religious and secular, and a revalorization of traditional elements of Buddhism, such as ethics and community, that were discarded in the modernization process. Read the rest of this entry »

9780199368136Versluis, Arthur. American Gurus: From American Transcendentalism to New Age Religion. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. (297 p. ISBN 978-0-19-936813-6)

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“By the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that once was inconceivable had become nearly commonplace in American society: the public spiritual teacher who neither belongs to, nor is authorized by a major religious tradition. From the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed Eckhart Tolle to figures like Gangaji and Adhyashanti, there are now countless spiritual teachers who claim and teach variants of instant or immediate enlightenment. Read the rest of this entry »

41A1pWAr8VLMitchell, S. and N. Quli. Buddhism beyond Borders: New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States. SUNY series in Buddhism and American Culture. Albany: SUNY Press, 2015. (256 p. ISBN: 978-1-4384-5638-6)

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“Buddhism beyond Borders provides a fresh consideration of Buddhism in the American context. It includes both theoretical discussions and case studies to highlight the tension between studies that locate Buddhist communities in regionally specific areas and those that highlight the translocal nature of an increasingly interconnected world. Whereas previous examinations of Buddhism in North America have assumed a more or less essentialized and homogeneous “American” culture, the essays in this volume offer a corrective, situating American Buddhist groups within the framework of globalized cultural flows, while exploring the effects of local forces. Read the rest of this entry »