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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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Critical, Collective, and Contextual Turns

Critical, Collective, and Contextual Turns

(p.249) Eight Critical, Collective, and Contextual Turns
American Dharma

Ann Gleig

Yale University Press

The March 2016 cover of the Lion's Roar featured seven teachers of color and seven white teachers, seven females and seven males, gathered together under the title “The New Face of Buddhism.” Given that this edition represented a significant step forward in promoting diversity and advocating for the sociopolitical deployment of American Buddhist practice, it is not surprising that one of the first responses to it was a critique. More surprising, however, was that this critique was directed at the magazine's continuation of rather than challenge to Buddhist modernism. This chapter considers “insider” critiques of meditation-based Buddhism, an emphasis on collective forms of practice, and an illumination and interrogation of the sociocultural contexts of American Buddhist lineages. It focuses on the appearance of these sensibilities across communities with strong online platforms as well as the lively Buddhist blogosphere.

Keywords:   Buddhist practice, Buddhist modernism, Buddhism, North American Buddhists

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