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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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Sex, Scandal, and the Shadow of the Roshi

Sex, Scandal, and the Shadow of the Roshi

(p.84) Three Sex, Scandal, and the Shadow of the Roshi
American Dharma

Ann Gleig

Yale University Press

Through a focus on the Zen sex scandals, this chapter redirects attention to practice communities to provide a more nuanced consideration of intersections between American Buddhism and psychotherapy. The scandals provide a useful focus for a number of reasons. First, they reveal under what particular conditions psychotherapy has been incorporated into certain Zen communities. Second, they show which psychotherapeutic discourses have become dominant and the specific ways they have been adopted. Third, they illustrate how the introduction of psychotherapy has been legitimated within a wider Buddhist hermeneutic, which has produced new Buddhist discourses, practices, authorities, organizational structures, and even soteriological models.

Keywords:   Zen, sex scandals, American Buddhism, psychotherapy, North American Buddhists

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