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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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Meditation and Awakening in the American Vipassana Network

Meditation and Awakening in the American Vipassana Network

(p.111) Four Meditation and Awakening in the American Vipassana Network
American Dharma

Ann Gleig

Yale University Press

Certain patterns have developed around meditation and enlightenment, or awakening, as many prefer to call it, in the American Insight network. Network here is defined as a loose affiliation of individuals and communities that prioritize Vipassana meditation as their central practice and trace their immediate Buddhist roots to Burmese and Thai Theravadin lineages. One current network emphasizes a more relational and integrative orientation toward meditation and draws significantly on psychotherapeutic discourse. The other stresses a more systematic and goal-oriented approach to awakening and relies heavily on traditional Buddhist canonical and commentarial literature. This chapter traces these currents, across both first- and second-generation convert teachers, highlighting the orientation toward meditation, the preferred style of practice, the gendering of meditation, the understanding of enlightenment, and the strategies of legitimation advanced within each before reflecting on their significance for the unfolding of Buddhist modernism in the United States.

Keywords:   American Insight Network, Vipassana meditation, Thai Theravadin, Buddhism, North American Buddhists, meditation, Buddhist modernism

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