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American DharmaBuddhism Beyond Modernity$
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Ann Gleig

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215809

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215809.001.0001

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Buddhist Modernism from Asia to America

Buddhist Modernism from Asia to America

(p.17) One Buddhist Modernism from Asia to America
American Dharma

Ann Gleig

Yale University Press

This chapter provides historical and theoretical contexts on the emergence of Buddhist modernism in Asia and its transmission to North America. It then offers a series of case studies that show both an interrogation of modernist features and the appearance of characteristics more associated with the postmodern, postcolonial, and postsecular within these communities. A common feature of American meditation-based Buddhism has been to extend and align with the Asian Buddhist modernist trope of distinguishing between essential and cultural Buddhism onto convert and Asian American immigrant communities. This has produced a hierarchical racialized split, which has received scant and insufficient attention in scholarship on American Buddhism.

Keywords:   Buddhist modernism, Buddhism, North American Buddhists, meditation, convert lineages

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