American Buddhism after Modernity

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Ann Gleig
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , February
     2019.
     376 pages.
     $35.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780300215809.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Richard Seager forthcoming.

Description

This illuminating account of contemporary American Buddhism shows the remarkable ways the tradition has changed over the past generation
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The past couple of decades have witnessed Buddhist communities both continuing the modernization of Buddhism and questioning some of its limitations. In this fascinating portrait of a rapidly changing religious landscape, Ann Gleig illuminates the aspirations and struggles of younger North American Buddhists during a period she identifies as a distinct stage in the assimilation of Buddhism to the West. She observes both the emergence of new innovative forms of deinstitutionalized Buddhism that blur the boundaries between the religious and secular, and a revalorization of traditional elements of Buddhism, such as ethics and community, that were discarded in the modernization process.
 
Based on extensive ethnographic and textual research, the book ranges from mindfulness debates in the Vipassana network to the sex scandals in American Zen, while exploring issues around racial diversity and social justice, the impact of new technologies, and generational differences between baby boomer, Gen X, and millennial teachers.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ann Gleig is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Central Florida. She is co-editor of Homegrown Gurus: From Hinduism in America to American Hinduism and has published widely on contemporary Buddhism.

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