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Race and Religion in American BuddhismWhite Supremacy and Immigrant Adaptation$
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Joseph Cheah

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756285.001.0001

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Buddhist Modernism and the American Vipassana Movement

Buddhist Modernism and the American Vipassana Movement

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(p.36) 2 Buddhist Modernism and the American Vipassana Movement
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Race and Religion in American Buddhism
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Joseph Cheah

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756285.003.0003

This chapter began with the contextualization of the historical circumstances in Burma and the United States that brought about the interactions between these two groups; namely, Burmese Buddhist specialists (monks and lay meditation teachers) and the American vipassana practitioners. It argues for a more comprehensive understanding of what “modern Buddhism” means for various constituents by investigating the ways in which some of the key figures of both Asian Buddhist modernists (e.g., Mahasi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin, Ajahn Cha) and the pioneers of American vipassana movement (e.g., Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzburg) converged with respect to the dissemination of vipassana meditation. It examines modernist approaches of these central figures of both East and West in the adaptation of vipassana meditation.

Keywords:   Buddhist specialists, Mahasi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin, Ajahn Cha, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzburg, vipassana meditation

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