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Teaching BuddhismNew Insights on Understanding and Presenting the Traditions$
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Todd Lewis and Gary deAngelis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199373093

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373093.001.0001

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When the Iron Bird Flies

When the Iron Bird Flies

Seeking Western Buddhism in the Classroom

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Teaching Buddhism

Charles Prebish

Oxford University Press

Charles Prebish provides an extended and instructive history of the development of Buddhism in the Western world, indicating his own pioneering work to document and define this new and growing field in Buddhist studies, and then design courses to cover it. The two main Buddhist groups in the West who have created institutions, Asian immigrants and Westerners, are highlighted. The former have transplanted monastery temples similar to their home countries; the latter have focused almost exclusively on establishing meditation centers drawing on indigenous teachers, and spiritual traditions, from the various Theravāda, Mahāyāna, and tantric lineages. The author points out how there has been little connection between these primary communities. The chapter includes extended discussions of the development of undergraduate classes over three decades, and concern with course organization, content, and possible readings. There is also an especially extensive and useful bibliography.

Keywords:   immigrant, meditation, Theravāda, Mahāyāna, monastery, bibliography, Buddhist studies, tantric

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