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The New BuddhismThe Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition$
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James William Coleman

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152418.001.0001

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The New Buddhism Takes Shape

The New Buddhism Takes Shape

(p.217) Seven The New Buddhism Takes Shape
The New Buddhism

James-William Coleman

Oxford University Press

When Buddhism first spread beyond its ancestral home in India, it took centuries to adapt to each new country and each new culture. Many of the leaders of Western Buddhism see the same kind of slow evolutionary development occurring in the West. It is often said that we will not know what shape Western Buddhism will take for generations to come. But, whether we like it or not, the frenetic pace of postmodern society has rewritten the equations of change. The story of Western Buddhism is told in decades, not centuries, but Buddhism has already made some of the most radical changes in its history. It would certainly be wrong to say that Buddhism has entered its final form in the West. What living religion has a final form? This chapter charts the trajectory of change along which this new Buddhism is moving.

Keywords:   Western Buddhism, Buddhists, new Buddhism, India, postmodern society

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