Buddhism Descriptive Essay by Gizzman

Discusses Buddhism as practiced in modern America.
# 112085 | 2,395 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2009 in Religion and Theology (Buddhism) , Women Studies (Feminism)

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This paper describes the Asian immigrant Buddhism and the American convert Buddhism, which are the two main kinds of Buddhism being practiced in the United States today. Americanized Buddhism is different from the conservative forces that shape Asian Buddhists. The author points out that Buddhism encourages Americans to be true to themselves and to be at ease in every situation in order to successfully engender peace in all respects. The paper explores the relationship of men and women to American style Buddhism.

Table of Contents:
The American Buddhist
American Style Buddhism
American Adaptation to Buddhism

From the Paper:

"Many feminist American women believe that Buddhism and feminism are allies in that Buddhism's teachings are gender-free and gender-neutral. Dharma is all-inclusive and beyond gender. Only the practices demanded more equality with reference to the American culture, and the karmic task of bringing more equality into the practices is being diligently performed by the American Buddhist women. In order to perform this task, however, they have had to recognize that they must give some importance to study and philosophy."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andrews, Karen. "Women In Theravada Buddhism." Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley. Retrieved from: http://www.enabling.org/ia/vipassana/Archive/A/Andrews/womenTheraBudAndrews.html.
  • Blofeld, John. The Bodhisattva Of Compassion: The Mystical Traditions Of Kuan Yin. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1997.
  • Boucher, Sandy. Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism. (1st rev. ed.). New York: Beacon Press, 1988.
  • Nakai, Rev. Patti. "Women in Buddhism." Urban Dharma. Retrieved from: http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma/womenbuddhist.html.
  • Suh, Sharon A. Being Buddhist in a Christian World: Gender and Community in a Korean American Temple. American Ethnic and Cultural Studies Series. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.

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