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The New Buddhism : The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition - James William Coleman

The New Buddhism

The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition

Paperback Published: 1st February 2003
ISBN: 9780195152418
Number Of Pages: 272

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In our multicultural society, faiths formerly seen as exotic have become attractive alternatives for many people seeking more satisfying spiritual lives. This is especially true of Buddhism, which is the focus of constant media attention-thanks at least in part to celebrity converts, major motion pictures, and the popularity of the Dalai Lama. Following this recent trend in the West, author James Coleman argues that a new and radically different form of this ancient faith is emerging. The New Buddhism sheds new light on this recent evolution of Buddhist practice in the West. After briefly recounting the beginnings and spread of Buddhism in the East, Coleman chronicles its reinterpretation by key Western teachers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging from the British poet Sir Edwin Arnold to the Beat writer Alan Watts. Turning to the contemporary scene, he finds that Western teachers have borrowed liberally from different Buddhist traditions that never intersect in their original contexts. Men and women practice together as equals; ceremonies and rituals are simpler, more direct, and not believed to have magical effects. Moreover, the new Buddhism has made the path of meditation and spiritual awakening available to everyone, not just an elite cadre of monks. Drawing on interviews with noted teachers and lay practitioners, as well as a survey completed by members of seven North American Buddhist centers, Coleman depicts the colorful variety of new Buddhists today, from dilettantes to devoted students and the dedicated teachers who guide their spiritual progress. He also details the problems that have arisen because of some Western influences-especially with regard to gender roles, sex, and power. Exploring the appeal of this exotic faith in postmodern society and questioning its future in a global consumer culture, The New Buddhism provides a thorough and fascinating guide to Western Buddhism today.

"An important contribution to the growing literature on American Buddhism."--Peter N. Gregory, Tricycle "A valuable contribution to our sociological understanding of Buddhism in the West and particularly in the United States. . . . essential reading for anyone with serious interest in the field. . . . With its intelligent method, approachable style, wealth of data, and educated insights, this book remains an indispensable resource for and available addition to the study of the rapidly expanding practice of American Buddhism."--Journal of Religion "A valuable contribution to our sociological understanding of Buddhism in the West and particularly in the United States. . . . essential reading for anyone with serious interest in the field. . . . With its intelligent method, approachable style, wealth of data, and educated insights, this book remains an indispensable resource for and available addition to the study of the rapidly expanding practice of American Buddhism."--Journal of Religion

What is this?; asian roots - the origins of the Buddhist tradition; Western flower - the growth of the new Buddhism; at the marrow - practice and belief; sex, power, and conflict; why Buddism?; the new Buddhism takes shape.

ISBN: 9780195152418
ISBN-10: 0195152417
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st February 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38