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The star spangled Buddhist : Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the quest for enlightenment in America / Jeff Ourvan.

Ourvan, Jeff. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9781620876398 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 1620876396 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xxvii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2013]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-167) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Nirvana unplugged : Buddhism in America today -- Part one. The first jewel : the Buddha. Under the Bodhi Tree : the drama of Shakyamuni Buddha -- Zen and the art of American-style maintenance -- Tibetan Buddhism : a crazy little thing called wisdom -- The lotus position : Nichiren, Daisaku Ikeda, and the Soka Gakkai -- Part two. The second jewel : the Dharma. Flower power : the special transmission of Zen -- Tantric sects : merit, meditation, and mentoring in Tibetan Buddhism -- Repeat after me : nam ... myoho ... renge ... kyo -- Part three. The third jewel : the Sangha. Relatively speaking : logic, ethics, and Zen -- Tibetan checks and balances : lean in the direction of the Dharma -- Like fish in water : the Soka Gakkai and the mentor-disciple spirit -- Conclusion: In the next present moment : the future of Buddhism in America.
Summary, etc.:
Explore the full landscape of American Buddhism. Ourvan, a practicing lay Buddhist, reveals the history, practice, and specific community of believers of the three most popular Buddhist groups in America today.
"Approximately four million Americans claim to be Buddhist. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of Americans of various faiths read about Buddhism, are interested in its philosophical tenets, or fashionably view themselves as Buddhists. They're part of what's been described as the fastest-growing religious movement in America: a large group of people dissatisfied with traditional religious offerings and thirsty for an approach to spirituality grounded in logic and consistent with scientific knowledge. The Star Spangled Buddhist is a provocative look at these American Buddhists through their three largest movements in the United States: the Soka Gakkai International, Tibetan/Vajrayana Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism. The practice of each of these American schools, unlike most traditional Asian Buddhist sects, is grounded in the notion that all people are capable of attaining enlightenment in "this lifetime." But the differences are also profound: the spectrum of philosophical expression among these American Buddhist schools is as varied as that observed between Reformed, Orthodox, and Hasidic Judaism. The Star Spangled Buddhist isn't written from the perspective of a monk or academic but rather from the view of author Jeff Ourvan, a lifelong-practicing lay Buddhist. As Ourvan explores the American Buddhist movement through its most popular schools, he arrives at a clearer understanding for himself and the reader about what it means to be--and how one might choose to be--a Buddhist in America."--Publisher's description.
Subject: Buddhism > United States.
Buddhism and culture > United States.

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