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The New Buddhism Takes Shape

James-William Coleman

in The New Buddhism

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152418
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849314 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152418.003.0007
The New Buddhism Takes Shape

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When Buddhism first spread beyond its ancestral home in India, it took centuries to adapt to each new country and each new culture. Many of the leaders of Western Buddhism see the same kind of slow evolutionary development occurring in the West. It is often said that we will not know what shape Western Buddhism will take for generations to come. But, whether we like it or not, the frenetic pace of postmodern society has rewritten the equations of change. The story of Western Buddhism is told in decades, not centuries, but Buddhism has already made some of the most radical changes in its history. It would certainly be wrong to say that Buddhism has entered its final form in the West. What living religion has a final form? This chapter charts the trajectory of change along which this new Buddhism is moving.

Keywords: Western Buddhism; Buddhists; new Buddhism; India; postmodern society

Chapter.  5633 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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