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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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Conclusion: American Buddhism in a “Post” Age

Conclusion: American Buddhism in a “Post” Age

(p.281) Conclusion: American Buddhism in a “Post” Age
American Dharma

Ann Gleig

Yale University Press

This chapter suggests that to understand recent patterns and turns in American meditation-based convert Buddhism, one has to go beyond theories of modernity and explore what has come after it—as indicated by sociocultural signifiers such as postmodern, postcolonial, and postsecular. As the case studies have shown, new developments often explicitly and implicitly assert pressure on modernist characteristics and cannot be fully explained within the parameters of Buddhist modernism. The chapter then reviews a number of frameworks that either change the category of Buddhist modernism slightly or introduce a new analytical paradigm, and considers how well these alternatives attend to and account for emerging trends identified in this book.

Keywords:   American Buddhism, convert Buddhism, Buddhism, North American Buddhists, modernity, Buddhist modernism

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