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Arrivals and a Map of the Journey

in Heartwood

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226088990
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226089010 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226089010.003.0001
Arrivals and a Map of the Journey

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This book examines how Buddhism arrived in the United States and is changing and adapting in this new context. This book is divided into two sections. The first section presents a comprehensive history of Theravada Buddhism in America, from 1966, when the first permanent Theravada Buddhist organization was started in Washington D.C. The second section shows how Asian and American-born Buddhists contributed to the development of Theravada Buddhism in the United States and the many forms that the Theravada Buddhism has, and continues, to take. The majority of the chapters in the book focus on two specific Buddhist centers: Wat Mongkoltepmunee (or Wat Phila), a first-generation Thai immigrant temple; and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC), a first-generation convert Theravada Buddhist organization. Analytically, this book builds on existing research about the globalization, migration, and development of religions in the United States and addresses a broader question about the specific ways that people in the United States are constructing and practicing this religious tradition in their daily lives in a new environment.

Keywords: Buddhism; Theravada Buddhism; America; globalization; migration; religion

Chapter.  8100 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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