The Star Spangled Buddhist: Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the Quest for Enlightenment in America

The Star Spangled Buddhist: Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the Quest for Enlightenment in America


Approximately 4 million americans declare to be Buddhist. in addition, thousands of usa citizens of assorted faiths examine Buddhism, have an interest in its philosophical tenets, or fashionably view themselves as Buddhists. They’re a part of what’s been defined because the fastest-growing non secular circulation in the United States: a wide staff of individuals disappointed with conventional spiritual choices and thirsty for an method of spirituality grounded in common sense and in keeping with medical wisdom. The celebrity Spangled Buddhist is a provocative examine those American Buddhists via their 3 greatest activities within the usa: the Soka Gakkai foreign, Tibetan/Vajrayana Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism.

The perform of every of those American colleges, in contrast to most standard Asian Buddhist sects, is grounded within the proposal that every one everyone is able to reaching enlightenment in “this lifetime.” however the modifications also are profound: the spectrum of philosophical expression between those American Buddhist faculties is as diversified as that saw among Reformed, Orthodox, and Hasidic Judaism.

The celebrity Spangled Buddhist isn’t written from the viewpoint of a monk or educational yet quite from the view of writer Jeff Ourvan, a lifelong-practicing lay Buddhist. As Ourvan explores the yank Buddhist flow via its hottest colleges, he arrives at a clearer figuring out for himself and the reader approximately what it capacity to be—and how one may decide to be—a Buddhist in America.

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