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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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From the Boomers to Generation X

From the Boomers to Generation X

(p.209) Seven From the Boomers to Generation X
American Dharma

Ann Gleig

Yale University Press

The boomers represent an influential iteration of Buddhist modernism in the West. How, then, should the NextGen of teachers be positioned and understood in relationship to them? This chapter attempts to answer this question by exploring the experience of Gen X teachers. Drawing primarily on thirty-three interviews with Gen X teachers, it identifies what they see as the main characteristics and concerns of their generation. It considers how they locate themselves in relationship to the boomer generation as well as Asian Buddhism and how they are simultaneously continuing and countering the modernization process. Rather than present their perspectives as facts, the chapter offers them as “ideal types” that indicate the main directions Buddhist modernism is headed in a shifting American cultural landscape.

Keywords:   Buddhist modernism, baby boomers, Gen X, Buddhism, North American Buddhists, teachers

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