Taking Stock, Looking Forward

in Heartwood

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226088990
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226089010 | DOI:
Taking Stock, Looking Forward

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This chapter compares the ways in which immigrants and converts are adapting Buddhism in the United States to the ways that practitioners of other religious traditions have adapted those religious traditions since 1965. The chapter points to the commonalities in adaptive strategies as well as to the distinctly Buddhist ways of adapting that is evident in Wat Phila and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC). The history and development of Wat Phila, the CIMC, and Theravada Buddhism in America point to the importance of examining all global paths and networks along which a religious tradition arrives in the United States and adapts and changes in the new environment. The chapter concludes by considering the future of Theravada Buddhism in America.

Keywords: Wat Phila; Cambridge Insight Meditation Center; Theravada Buddhism; America; Buddhist organizations; religious conversions

Chapter.  5749 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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