Westward Dharma

"Like seeds on the wind, Buddhist teachings continue to reach new lands. This outstanding book brings to light, in rich detail, the current flowering of Buddhism in the West.

Author: Charles S. Prebish

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520234901

Category: Religion

Page: 425

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"Like seeds on the wind, Buddhist teachings continue to reach new lands. This outstanding book brings to light, in rich detail, the current flowering of Buddhism in the West. Long a world religion, Buddhism is now a global one."—Kenneth Kraft, author of The Wheel of Engaged Buddhism "Westward Dharma deserves a place on the growing bookshelf of contemporary Buddhist studies. Prebish and Baumann broaden our horizons from North America to the wider Western world, exploring key aspects of Buddhism's most recent geographical and cultural expansion."—Paul David Numrich, coauthor of Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America.

Cosmopolitan Dharma

London: Routledge. Bunting, M. (1997). 'The dark side of enlightenment', The
Guardian, 27th October, London. ——— (Ed.) (1998). Westward Dharma:
Buddhism Beyond Asia. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Butler, J. (

Author: Sally Munt

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900423280X

Category: Religion

Page: 308

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Cosmopolitan Dharma, through an analysis of the diverse voices of racial, sexual and gender minority Buddhists, explores how cultural politics from the ground up can offer a more inclusive philosophy and lived experience of spirituality for Western Buddhism.

Teaching Mindfulness

In C. S. Prebish & M. Baumann (Eds.), Westward dharma: Buddhism beyond Asia
. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Furlong, M. (1986). Genuine fake: A
biography of Alan Watts. London: Heinemann. Hayes, S. C., Follette, V. M., ...

Author: Donald McCown

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387094847

Category: Medical

Page: 250

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The applications and use of mindfulness-based interventions in medicine, mental health care, and education have been expanding as rapidly as the empirical evidence base that is validating and recommending them. This growth has created a powerful demand for professionals who can effectively deliver these interventions, and for the training of new professionals who can enter the fold. Ironically, while the scientific literature on mindfulness has surged, little attention has been paid to the critical who and how of mindfulness pedagogy. Teaching Mindfulness is the first in-depth treatment of the person and skills of the mindfulness teacher. It is intended as a practical guide to the landscape of teaching, to help those with a new or growing interest in mindfulness-based interventions to develop both the personal authenticity and the practical know-how that can make teaching mindfulness a highly rewarding and effective way of working with others. The detail of theory and praxis it contains can also help seasoned mindfulness practitioners and teachers to articulate and understand more clearly their own pedagogical approaches. Engagingly written and enriched with vignettes from actual classes and individual sessions, this unique volume: Places the current mindfulness-based interventions in their cultural and historical context to help clarify language use, and the integration of Eastern and Western spiritual and secular traditio ns Offers a highly relational understanding of mindfulness practice that supports moment-by-moment work with groups and individuals Provides guidance and materials for a highly experiential exploration of the reader's personal practice, embodiment, and application of mindfulness Describes in detail the four essential skill sets of the mindfulness teacher “p> Proposes a comprehensive, systematic model of the intentions of teaching mindfulness as they are revealed in the mindfulness-based interventions Includes sample scripts for a wide range of mindfulness practices, and an extensive resource section for continued personal and career development Essential for today's practitioners and teachers of mindfulness-based interventions Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators brings this increasingly important discipline into clearer focus, opening dialogue for physicians, clinical and health psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, life coaches, organizational development professionals, and teachers and professionals in higher education , in short, everyone with an interest in helping others find their way into t he benefits of the present moment.

Dixie Dharma

... Faith on the Internet, edited by Lorne L. Dawson and Douglas E. Cowan, 135–
47. New York: Routledge, 2004. Prebish, Charles, and Martin Baumann, eds.
Westward Dharma: Buddhism beyond Asia. Berkeley: University of California
Press, ...

Author: Jeff Wilson

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 080786997X

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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Buddhism in the United States is often viewed in connection with practitioners in the Northeast and on the West Coast, but in fact, it has been spreading and evolving throughout the United States since the mid-nineteenth century. In Dixie Dharma, Jeff Wilson argues that region is crucial to understanding American Buddhism. Through the lens of a multidenominational Buddhist temple in Richmond, Virginia, Wilson explores how Buddhists are adapting to life in the conservative evangelical Christian culture of the South, and how traditional Southerners are adjusting to these newer members on the religious landscape. Introducing a host of overlooked characters, including Buddhist circuit riders, modernist Pure Land priests, and pluralistic Buddhists, Wilson shows how regional specificity manifests itself through such practices as meditation vigils to heal the wounds of the slave trade. He argues that southern Buddhists at once use bodily practices, iconography, and meditation tools to enact distinct sectarian identities even as they enjoy a creative hybridity.

Land of Beautiful Vision

In Westward Dharma: Buddhism beyond Asia, ed. C. S. Prebish and M. Baumann
. Berkeley: University of California Press, 85–105. ———. 2002b. Protective
amulets and awareness techniques, or how to make sense of Buddhism in the

Author: Sally McAra

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824829964

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Land of Beautiful Vision is the first book-length ethnography to address the role of material culture in contemporary adaptations of Buddhism and the first to focus on convert Buddhists in New Zealand. Sally McAra takes as her subject a fascinating instance of an ongoing creative process whereby a global religion is made locally meaningful through the construction of a Buddhist sacred place. She uses an in-depth case study of a small religious structure, a stupa, in rural New Zealand to explore larger issues related to the contemporary surge in interest in Buddhism and religious globalization. Her research extends beyond the level of public discourse on Buddhism to investigate narratives of members of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) about their relationship with the land, analyzing these and the FWBO’s transformative project through a thematic focus on key symbolic landmarks at their site, Sudarshanaloka. In considering cross-cultural interactions resulting in syncretism or indigenization of alien religions, many anthropological studies concentrate on the unequal power relations between colonizing and colonized peoples. McAra extrapolates from this literature to look at a situation where the underlying power relations are quite different. She focuses on individuals in an organization whose members seek to appropriate knowledge from an "Eastern" tradition to remake their own society—one shaped by its unresolved colonizing past.


18 Richard Hughes Seager, 'American Buddhism in the Making,' in Westward
Dharma, p. 114; Martin Baumann, 'Buddhism in Europe,' p. 95. 19 Wuthnow and
Cage report that studies conducted in 2002 indicate that 'people who do not ...

Author: Harold Netland

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830838554

Category: Religion

Page: 230

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In this clear introduction to Buddhism, Keith Yandell and Harold Netland lay out the central metaphysical claims of this significant world religion and then offer a concluding chapter which offers an honest comparison with Christianity.

Knowing Body Moving Mind

Kadampa Buddhism, Meditation Centres, http://kadampa.org/en/reference/about-
dharma-centers/, accessed June 2010. 13. ... “Who Is a Buddhist? Night Stand
Buddhists and Other Creatures,” in Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia,

Author: Patricia Q Campbell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199911363

Category: Religion

Page: 250

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Knowing Body, Moving Mind investigates ritualizing and learning in introductory meditation classes at two Buddhist centers in Toronto, Canada. The centers, Friends of the Heart and Chandrakirti, are led and attended by Western (sometimes called "convert') Buddhists: that is, people from non-Buddhist familial and cultural backgrounds. Inspired by theories that suggest that rituals impart new knowledge or understanding, Patricia Campbell examines how introductory meditation students learn through formal Buddhist practice. Along the way, she also explores practitioners' reasons for enrolling in meditation classes, their interests in Buddhism, and their responses to formal Buddhist practices and to ritual in general. Based on ethnographic interviews and participant-observation fieldwork, the text follows interview participants' reflections on what they learned in meditation classes and through personal practice, and what roles meditation and other ritual practices played in that learning. Participants' learning experiences are illuminated by an influential learning theory called Bloom's Taxonomy, while the rites and practices taught and performed at the centers are explored using performance theory, a method which focuses on the performative elements of ritual's postures and gestures. But the study expands the performance framework as well, by demonstrating that performative ritualizing includes the concentration techniques that take place in a meditator's mind. Such techniques are received as traditional mental acts or behaviors that are standardized, repetitively performed, and variously regarded as special, elevated, spiritual or religious. Having established a link between mental and physical forms of ritualizing, the study then demonstrates that the repetitive mental techniques of meditation practice train the mind to develop new skills in the same way that physical postures and gestures train the body. The mind is thus experienced as both embodied and gestural, and the whole of the body as socially and ritually informed.

Adaptation and Developments in Western Buddhism

(2002) 'Engaged Buddhism: Agnosticism, Interdependence, Globalization', in
C. S. Prebish and M. Baumann (eds), Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia
, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, pp. 324–47. Queen, C. S. and King,

Author: Phil Henry

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 147251114X

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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In recent years, there has been a growing academic acknowledgment around the world of a contemporary Buddhist phenomenon described as Engaged, or Socially Engaged Buddhism (SEB). It is a contested phenomenon variously associated with finding Buddhist solutions for social, political and ecological problems. The debate about its origins, practice and legitimacy has stirred academics and practitioners alike. Firstly, does such an approach to Buddhist practice constitute a departure with the past, in which case a new expression of an ancient practice is being experienced all around us? Or is this really a continuity of practice, adapted to inform current understanding given that some would describe Buddhism as always having been engaged? Adaptation and Developments in Western Buddhism examines the UK Socially Engaged Buddhist experience captured through a series of five case studies of Buddhist groups and a survey undertaken over two years in the field. The volume is a ground-breaking and benchmark analysis of Socially Engaged Buddhism in the UK, drawing for the first time on evidence from practitioner's experiences with which to characterise the previously dichotomous academic debate. Ultimately, the volume locates Socially Engaged Buddhism in the UK and places it within the broader and global context of an emerging “Western Buddhism”, characterising the phenomenon and its relationships to the wider Buddhist world.

Christianity and Chinese Culture

See Thomas A. Tweed, “Who Is a Buddhist? Night-Stand Buddhists and Other
Creatures,” in Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia, ed. Charles S. Prebish
and Martin Baumann (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002), pp. 17-33.

Author: Mikka Ruokanen

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802865569

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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The rapidly growing Chinese Protestant Church faces a significant challenge: it must adapt itself to the unique dimensions of Chinese culture, leaving behind the trail of old missionary theology and molding an authentically Chinese approach to biblical interpretation and Christian life an approach that works within both the traditional and the contemporary dimensions of Chinese society. Rising from an extraordinary 2003 Sino-Nordic conference on Chinese contextual theology which brought Chinese university scholars and church theologians together for the first time Christianity and Chinese Culture addresses ways in which the church in China is responding to that challenge. The essays collected here highlight both the stunning complexities confronting Protestant Christianity in China and its remarkable potential. This is a most timely publication on the current issues and research on Christianity and Chinese culture in the PRC previously unavailable in English. The list of scholars in the collection reads like a Who s Who? in Christian studies in China, including both secular academics and Christian theologians. The final part on theological reconstruction is of particular interest, given its importance for the Protestant churches in the last decade. This book should be on the shelf of any scholar interested in the subject. Edmond Tang Director, East Asian Christian Studies University of Birmingham, UK Contributors: Zhao Dunhua, Zhang Qingxiong, Diane B. Obenchain, Svein Rise, He Guanghu, Wan Junren, Lo Ping-cheung, You Bin, He Jianming, Lai Pan-chiu, Jorgen Skov Sorensen, Jyri Komulainen, Gao Shining, Zhuo Xinping, Notto R. Thelle, Yang Huilin, Thor Strandenaes, Li Pingye, Vladimir Fedorov, Wang Xiaochao, Choong Chee Pang, Zhang Minghui, Li Qiuling, Fredrik Fllman, Birger Nygaard, Deng Fucun, Chen Xun, Gerald H. Anderson, Zhu Xiaohong, Sun Yi, Chen Yongtao, Lin Manhong, Wu Xiaoxin.

Encyclopedia of Buddhism

He has co-edited Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia (2002) with Charles
S. Prebish, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopaedia of Beliefs
and Practices (2002) with J. Gordon Melton, and Tempel und Tamilen in zweiter ...

Author: Damien Keown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136985883

Category: Reference

Page: 952

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Reflects the current state of scholarship in Buddhist Studies, its entries being written by specialists in many areas, presenting an accurate overview of Buddhist history, thought and practices, most entries having cross-referencing to others and bibliographical references. Contain around 1000 pages and 500,000 words, totalling around 1200 entries.


AND MARTIN BAUMANN Berkeley : University of California Press , 2002 436 pp .
; $ 21 . 95 ( paper ) THE BUDDHA ' S GOLDEN PATH : THE CLASSIC ...




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Buddhist Studies Review

Thānissarā - Dhamma teacher and ex - sīladharā of Chithurst and Amaravati ,
now resident at a Buddhist Centre she helped to found in South Africa ; e ... In
Westward Dharma : Buddhism Beyond Asia , C.S. Prebish & M. Baumann ( eds ) ,
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The Teachings of Master Wuzhu

[Mahā]kāśyapa attained it, and it spread westward to buddha-regions; [Bodhi]
dharma received it, and it flowed eastward to the land of the Han. These are
matters spanning over one thousand years; the Holy Ones for thirty-four
generations ...

Author: Wendi L. Adamek

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527926

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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The Record of the Dharma-Jewel Through the Generations (Lidai fabao ji) is a little-known Chan/Zen Buddhist text of the eighth century, rediscovered in 1900 at the Silk Road oasis of Dunhuang. The only remaining artifact of the Bao Tang Chan school of Sichuan, the text provides a fascinating sectarian history of Chinese Buddhism intended to showcase the iconoclastic teachings of Bao Tang founder Chan Master Wuzhu (714–774). Wendi Adamek not only brings Master Wuzhu's experimental community to life but also situates his paradigm-shifting teachings within the history of Buddhist thought. Having published the first translation of the Lidai fabao ji in a Western language, she revises and presents it here for wide readership. Written by disciples of Master Wuzhu, the Lidai fabao ji is one of the earliest attempts to implement a "religion of no-religion," doing away with ritual and devotionalism in favor of "formless practice." Master Wuzhu also challenged the distinctions between lay and ordained worshippers and male and female practitioners. The Lidai fabao ji captures his radical teachings through his reinterpretation of the Chinese practices of merit, repentance, precepts, and Dharma transmission. These aspects of traditional Buddhism continue to be topics of debate in contemporary practice groups, making the Lidai fabao ji a vital document of the struggles, compromises, and insights of an earlier era. Adamek's volume opens with a vivid introduction animating Master Wuzhu's cultural environment and comparing his teachings to other Buddhist and historical sources.

The Dharma Bums

“I thought [the East Coast] was dead,” Japhy tells Ray and Alvah Goldbook (
Ginsberg) in The Dharma Bums. ... The fact that the destination of the westward
migrants was usually Los Angeles, a suburban “jungle,” in Kerouac's hostile ...

Author: Jack Kerouac

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101199305

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Jack Kerouac’s classic novel about friendship, the search for meaning, and the allure of nature First published in 1958, a year after On the Road put the Beat Generation on the map, The Dharma Bums stands as one of Jack Kerouac's most powerful and influential novels. The story focuses on two ebullient young Americans--mountaineer, poet, and Zen Buddhist Japhy Ryder, and Ray Smith, a zestful, innocent writer--whose quest for Truth leads them on a heroic odyssey, from marathon parties and poetry jam sessions in San Francisco's Bohemia to solitude and mountain climbing in the High Sierras.


History of the Menominee Indians , 1634-1856 605 Studies in American Indian
Art . A Memorial Tribute to Norman Feder 260 Westward Dharma . Buddhism
Beyond Asia 668 Heiler , Rituale und Patienten . Schamanismus in den Anden ...




Category: Anthropology


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Visions of Mahayana Buddhism

In Prebish , Charles S. , and Baumann , Martin ( eds ) . Westward Dharma :
Buddhism Beyond Asia . Berkeley : University of California Press . Vessantara .
2008a . A Guide to the Bodhisattvas . Cambridge : Windhorse Publications .
2008b .

Author: Nagapriya

Publisher: Windhorse Publications (UK)


Category: Religion

Page: 264

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A rare overview of a phase of Buddhism which has blossomed across Asia.

Bibliographic Index




Category: Bibliographical literature


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Religion Culture and Politics in the Twentieth century United States

22 In addition to citations in Chapter 5 , see Charles Prebish and Kenneth
Tanaka , eds , Faces of Buddhism in America ( Berkeley : University of California
Press , 1998 ) ; Prebish and Martin Baumann , eds , Westward Dharma :
Buddhism ...

Author: Mark Hulsether



Category: Religion

Page: 249

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Key players and themes in US religion before the twentieth century -- Changes in the religious landscape in the early twentieth century -- Religion and social conflict in the early twentieth century -- Shifts in the religious landscape from World War II to the present -- Religion and evolving social conflicts from World War II to the present -- Cultural aspects of religion from World War II to the present -- Conclusion: consensus, pluralism, and hegemony in US religion.

Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America Asian traditions

See Duncan Ryuken Williams , “ Camp Dharma : Japanese - American Buddhist
Identity and the Internment Experience of World War II , ” in Westward Dharma :
Buddhism Beyond Asia , ed . Charles Prebish and Martin Baumann ( Berkeley ...

Author: Eugene V. Gallagher


ISBN: 9780275987169

Category: Cults

Page: 5

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Annotation. Most new or alternative religious are gravely misunderstood by members of the religious mainstream. Labeled cults or sects, groups and their members are often ridiculed or otherwise disregarded as weird and potentially dangerous by the populace at large. Despite their efforts at educating the general public, the various anti- and counter-cult activists have in fact promoted much more mis-understanding than accurate understanding of the religious lives of some of their fellow citizens. Consequently, they have helped to create a very hostile environment for anyone whose religious practices do not fit within a so-called mainstream. This set rectifies the situation by presenting accurate, comprehensive, authoritative and accessible accounts of various new and alternative religious movements that have been and are active in American society, and it addresses ways of understanding new and alternative religions within a broader context. Determining what actually constitutes a new or alternative religion is a subject of constant debate. Questions arise as to a new faith's legitimacy, beliefs, methods of conversion, and other facets of a religious movement's viability and place in a given culture. How a religion gains recognition by the mainstream, which often labels such new movements as cults, is fraught with difficulty, tension, and fear. Here, experts delineate the boundaries and examine the various groups, beliefs, movements, and other issues related to new faiths and alternative beliefs. Readers will come away with a fuller understanding of the religious landscape in America today. Volume 1: History and Controversies discusses the foundations of new and alternative religions in the United States and addresses the controversies that surround them. This volume helps readers better understand what makes a new or alternative belief system a religion and the issues involved. Volume 2: Jewish and Christian Traditions explores the various new religions that have grown out of these two Abrahamic faiths. Groups such as the Shakers, the People's Temple, the Branch Davidians, Jehovah's Witnesses and others are examined. Volume 3: Metaphysical, New Age, and Neopagan Movements looks at Shamanism, Spiritualism, Wicca, and Paganism, among other movements, as they have developed and grown in the U.S. These faiths have found new and devoted followers yet are often misunderstood. Volume 4: Asian Traditions focuses on those new and alternative religions that have been inspired by Asian religious traditions. From Baha'i to Soka Gakkai, from Adidam to the Vedanta Society, contributors look at a full range of groups practicing and worshiping in the U.S. today. Volume 5: African Diaspora Traditions and Other American Innovations examines the various traditions linked to the African diaspora such as Rastafarianism, Santeria, and the Nation of Islam, alongside traditions that are truly American incarnations like Scientology, UFO religions, and Heaven's Gate. Some of the new and alternative religions covered in these pages include: ; Shamanism ; Wicca ; Black Israelites ; Santeria ; Scientology ; Elan Vital ; Hare Krishna ; Soka Gakkai ; and many more

The Pacific World

The only studies by other scholars are : Susan Davis , “ Mountain of Compassion
: Dharma in American Internment ... American Buddhist Identity and the
Internment Experience of World War II , " In Westward Dharma : Buddhism
Beyond Asia ...




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