Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ameriyana: The Western Vehicle of the Buddha Dharma

Good academic article from the religious studies academic journal, "Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies."

America is firmly steeped in the Christian and European–centered tradi- tions of the past, leaving little room for any outside traditions that do not fit into that mold. However with the 19th century introduction of Buddhist culture, America began to welcome different traditions and saw its European–centric culture change. The changes were not one sided, however, as Buddhism also be- gan to adapt to a Christian society with ideals different than those of its nativity. With the insertion of Buddhist tradition into American culture, there has been a vast change both in the host culture, as well as among the Buddhist immigrant community.

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