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The Star Spangled Buddhist

Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the Quest for Enlightenment in America
Ourvan, Jeff (Book - 2013)
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"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. 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.
Authors: Ourvan, Jeff
Title: The star spangled Buddhist
Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the quest for enlightenment in America
Publisher: New York :, Skyhorse Publishing,, [2013]
Characteristics: xxvii, 180 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: 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: "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.
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.
Local Note: 15 16 53 118 203 210 231 263
ISBN: 1620876396
9781620876398
Statement of Responsibility: Jeff Ourvan
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-167) and index.
Subject Headings: Buddhism and culture United States. Buddhism United States.
Topical Term: Buddhism and culture
Buddhism
LCCN: 2013005416
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