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July-September, Volume 38

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Buddhism in North America

Sharing the Dharma in America by Shoko Mizutani

The purpose of sharing the Dharma is not to make all people become Buddhists. . . . Christians can become buddhas as Christians, and Jews can become buddhas as Jews.

Shoko Mizutani is director of Rissho Kosei-kai International of North America in Irvine, California.

Dramatic Growth of American Buddhism: An Overview by Kenneth K. Tanaka

If we add up all three groups (Buddhists, nightstand Buddhists, and those strongly influenced by Buddhism), they amount to about thirty million people in America.

Kenneth K. Tanaka is a professor at Musashino University, Tokyo. He received his PhD in Buddhist studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1978 he was ordained a Jodo Shinshu priest and currently serves as president of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies. Educated both in Japan and the United States, Dr. Tanaka is one of the rare bicultural specialists writing prolifically on modern Buddhism.

American Buddhist Practice by Charles S. Prebish

In North American Buddhist practice we are now beginning to see a fruitful cross-fertilization between Buddhist communities of different sects.

Charles S. Prebish, PhD, is professor emeritus of religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, where he served on the faculty from 1971 until 2006. He is also Charles Redd Chair in Religious Studies Emeritus at Utah State University, where he served from January 2007 until December 2010. He also served there as director of the Religious Studies Program. His recent books includeEncyclopedia of Buddhism (coedited with Damien Keown, Routledge, 2009).

Innovative Trends in Euro-American Buddhism by Richard Hughes Seager

Since the 1970s there have been major developments promoting interreligious dialogue, gender equity, and social engagement.

Richard Hughes Seager, PhD, is Bates and Benjamin Professor of Religious Studies at Hamilton College at Clinton, New York. His field of study is the religions of the United States. His interests include immigration, ethnicity and religion, and religion and the environment, but he has written most extensively about Asian religions in the United States. His publications include Buddhism in America (2000) and Encountering the Dharma (2006).

Some African-Americans Are Buddhists, Too! by Jan Willis

Because of the Buddha's teachings and his own life example, many African-American children of the civil rights movement have been finding their way to Buddhism.

Jan Willis is professor of religion at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. She received her PhD in Indic and Buddhist studies from Columbia University. She is the author of several books, including a memoir, Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist - One Woman's Spiritual Journey, and a number of essays on various topics relating to Buddhism. In 2000 Time magazine cited her as one of the top religious innovators for the new millennium.>

Leadership Issues in American Buddhism by Paul David Numrich

Three important issues emerged: (1) the tension between the monastic and householder leadership models, (2) the content of leadership training, and (3) new gender expectations.

Paul David Numrich, PhD, is Professor in the Snowden Chair for the Study of Religion and Interreligious Relations, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and Professor of World Religions and Interreligious Relations, Trinity Lutheran Seminary. His publications include Old Wisdom in the New World (1996), Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs in America: A Short History (co-author, 2008), and North American Buddhists in Social Context (editor, 2008).

Zen and Tibetan Buddhism in North America: East Meets East by Akemi Iwamoto

This kind of mutual enrichment of two Buddhist traditions was undoubtedly one of the greatest fruits produced by the encounter between the two in North America.

Akemi Iwamoto is a senior research fellow at the D. T. Suzuki Memorial Hall (its tentative name), which will open in Kanazawa, Japan, in autumn 2011. She received her PhD in Buddhist studies from Kyoto University in 2002. She has been a visiting scholar at Indiana University, Bloomington, and has held a post-doctoral position at State University of New York at Albany. She taught a six-week intensive course on Yogacara Buddhist texts at the University of the West, Rosemead, California, in 2008.

Lessons from the Internment of Japanese-Americans by Duncan Ryuken Williams

Stories of Japanese-American Buddhists reveal the complex relationship that existed between ethnic, national, and religious identities at the same time as a new form of Buddhism, which simultaneously drew on and transcended Japanese and American traditions, was forged in the crucible of war.

Duncan Ryuken Williams is the director of the School of Religion at the University of Southern California and formerly the Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Buddhism at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of its Center for Japanese Studies. He received his PhD in religion at Harvard University. He specializes mainly in Japanese Buddhist history, Buddhism and environmentalism, and American Buddhism. His most recent works include Issei Buddhism in the Americas (coedited with Tomoe Moriya, University of Illinois Press, 2010).

The Popularity of Selected Elements of Buddhism in North America by Jeff Wilson

The popularity of selected elements of Buddhism in America, Canada, and Mexico may actually hinder Buddhism's ability to liberate people fully from samsara if they never go further to discover the deeper nature of Buddhism.

Jeff Wilson is assistant professor of religious studies and East Asian studies at Renison University College, an affiliate of the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He earned his PhD in religious studies at the University of North Carolina. He specializes in Buddhism in North America and is the author of many publications on such topics as abortion rituals in Western Buddhism and Buddhist pluralism in the United States.

Rissho Kosei-kai's Progress in America by Masako Watanabe

In the communities where Rissho Kosei-kai's dissemination among Americans is advancing, it has adopted an approach that suits American traits and is exploring methods that are appropriate to the locality.

Masako Watanabe, PhD, is a professor in the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work at Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo. She also serves as a director of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies and the International Institute for the Study of Religions. Her academic interest centers on sociology of religion, sociology of immigration, and studies in life history. She is currently promoting studies of dissemination of Japanese religions in different cultures.


The Power of Forbearance by Nichiko Niwano

Nichiko Niwano is president of Rissho Kosei-kai and the Niwano Peace Foundation, a president of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, and special advisor to Shinshuren (Federation of New Religious Organizations of Japan).

The Threefold Lotus Sutra: A Modern Commentary (105)

The Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Wonderful Law Chapter 18: The Merits of Joyful Acceptance
by Nikkyo Niwano

This is the 105th installment of a detailed commentary on the Threefold Lotus Sutra by the founder of Rissho Kosei-kai, Rev. Nikkyo Niwano.



Dharma World July-September 2011, Buddhism in North America

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