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Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America
著者 Seager, Richard Hughes
掲載誌 Journal of the American Academy of Religion
巻号v.75 n.2
出版年月日2007.06
ページ481 - 484
出版者Oxford University Press
出版サイト http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/
出版地Oxford, UK [牛津, 英國]
資料の種類期刊論文=Journal Article; 書評=Book Review
言語英文=English
ノートHeartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America. By Wendy Cadge. . University of Chicago Press, 2004. 268 pages. $22.50.
抄録Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, by Wendy Cadge, is an important contribution to understanding the complex, ongoing process of the formation of a uniquely American dhamma. A sociological inquiry, Heartwood is also an engaging read that artfully balances theoretical reflections on religion, globalization, and immigration with a critical, yet sympathetic, interpretation of the practice life of two American Buddhist communities. The book, moreover, marks a significant turning point in the creation of a small but growing historiography on American Buddhism that emerged over the course of the last decade.

During the 1990s, scholars directed attention to Buddhism in the United States and in the West in general, creating in the process what some see as a new subfield in Buddhist studies. Working out of different fields, they forged an interdisciplinary discourse about Buddhism that reflects issues then emerging within American practice communities. Drawing upon a slim body of critical literature published during the Buddhist boom of the 1970s, these scholars wrote as three independent developments fused to inform their critical thinking. First, counter-culture era practitioners who studied under Asian-born Buddhists began to come into their own as American-born dhamma teachers. Second, immigrant Buddhist communities from various Asian traditions that had grown rapidly after a 1965 change in the United States immigration law also began to come of age. Third, widespread enthusiasm for Buddhism was cresting once again, this time driven by media interest focused on the Dalai Lama and the uniquely rich religious and political culture of Tibet.

Lacking normative questions, scholars from varied fields contributed to the emergent discourse in differing ways. Some drew attention to distortions in the western image of Tibet, …
ISSN00027189 (P); 14774585 (E)
ヒット数32
作成日2014.12.04
更新日期2020.01.10



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