The Resource The new Buddhism : the western transformation of an ancient tradition, James William Coleman

The new Buddhism : the western transformation of an ancient tradition, James William Coleman

Label
The new Buddhism : the western transformation of an ancient tradition
Title
The new Buddhism
Title remainder
the western transformation of an ancient tradition
Statement of responsibility
James William Coleman
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
Dewey number
294.3/0973
Index
index present
LC call number
BQ734
LC item number
.C65 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The new Buddhism : the western transformation of an ancient tradition, James William Coleman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 Buddhism? -- New Buddhism takes shape -- Appendix I -- Appendix II
Control code
ocn607732842
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (265 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781280532443
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b36050118
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)607732842
  • pebcs0198030169
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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