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The global spread of Buddhism is giving rise to new forms of religious complexity, both in the West and in Asia. This collection of essays examines the religious and cultural conversations that are occurring in this process from a diverse range of disciplinary, methodological, and literary perspectives, including philosophy, ethnography, history, and cultural studies. The chapters in the first section explore the transmission of Buddhism to the West, ranging from the writings of one of its earliest western interpreters, the Wesleyan missionary R. Spence Hardy, to the globalization of Tibetan Buddhist reincarnation, to the development and practice of Buddhism within the American prison system. The concluding chapter of this section presents a case study of a Japanese Buddhist temple in Oregon that ultimately died out—an example of a transmission that failed. The second section looks at the complex issues that arise in the translation of Buddhist terms, texts, and concepts from one language or cultural milieu to another. Two chapters examine the challenges confronted by those who translate Buddhist texts—one exploring the contemporary translation of Tibetan Buddhism, the second analyzing an exchange of poetry in medieval Japan. The other two chapters describe the translation of Buddhist ideas into new cultural domains in America, specifically film and sports. The final section presents case studies in the transformation of Buddhism which is resulting from its new global interconnections. Topics include the role of women in transforming Buddhist patriarchy, Buddhist-Freudian dialogue in relationship to mourning, and the interplay between Buddhism and the environmental movement. The book also includes images created by the noted artist Meridel Rubenstein which frame the individual chapters within a nonverbal exploration of the themes discussed. In addition to the editors, contributors include Mark Blum, Mario D’Amato, Sue Darlington, Elizabeth Eastman, Connie Kassor, Tom Rohlich, Judith Snodgrass, Jane Stangl, and Karma Lekshe Tsomo.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction - TransBuddhism: Authenticity in the Context of Transformation
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. Part I: Transmission
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. Chapter 1 - Discourse, Authority, Demand: The Politics of Early English Publications on Buddhism
  2. pp. 21-42
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  1. Chapter 2 - Transnational Tulkus: The Globalization of Tibetan Buddhist Reincarnation
  2. pp. 43-54
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  1. Chapter 3 - Buddhism in American Prisons
  2. pp. 55-68
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  1. Chapter 4 - Incense at a Funeral: The Rise and Fall of an American Shingon Temple
  2. pp. 69-86
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  1. Part II: Translation
  2. pp. 87-88
  1. Chapter 5 - Translation as Transmission and Transformation
  2. pp. 89-104
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  1. Chapter 6 - Two Monks and the Mountain Village Ideal
  2. pp. 105-118
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  1. Chapter 7 - Text, Tradition, Transformation, and Transmission in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  2. pp. 119-134
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  1. Chapter 8 - Eastern Influences on Western Sport: Appropriating Buddhism in the G/Name of Golf
  2. pp. 135-148
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  1. Part III Transformation
  2. pp. 149-150
  1. Chapter 9 - Global Exchange: Women in the Transmission and Transformation of Buddhism
  2. pp. 151-166
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  1. Chapter 10 - Toward an Anatomy of Mourning: Discipline, Devotion, and Liberation in a Freudian - Buddhist Framework
  2. pp. 167-182
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  1. Chapter 11 - Translating Modernity: Buddhist Response to the Thai Environmental Crisis
  2. pp. 183-208
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  1. Chapter 12 - The Transcendentalist Ghost in EcoBuddhism
  2. pp. 209-238
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  1. References
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  1. List of Contributors
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  1. Note on the Images
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613760703
Related ISBN(s)
9781558497078
MARC Record
OCLC
794701606
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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