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The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition

James William Coleman


In our multicultural society, faiths formerly seen as exotic have become attractive alternatives for many people seeking more satisfying spiritual lives. This is especially true of Buddhism, which is the focus of constant media attention—thanks at least in part to celebrity converts, major motion pictures, and the popularity of the Dalai Lama. Following this recent trend in the West, this book argues that a new and radically different form of this ancient faith is emerging. The book sheds new light on this recent evolution of Buddhist practice in the West. After briefly recounting the beginnin ... More

Keywords: spiritual lives, faith, Buddhism, Dalai Lama, ceremonies, rituals, new Buddhism, gender roles, sex, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152418
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152418.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James William Coleman, author
California Polytechnic State University