The Star Spangled Buddhist: Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the Quest for Enlightenment in America

The Star Spangled Buddhist: Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the Quest for Enlightenment in America

The Star Spangled Buddhist: Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the Quest for Enlightenment in America


Approximately 4 million american citizens declare to be Buddhist. in addition, millions of usa citizens of varied faiths examine Buddhism, have an interest in its philosophical tenets, or fashionably view themselves as Buddhists. They’re a part of what’s been defined because the fastest-growing spiritual flow in the United States: a wide crew of individuals upset with conventional non secular choices and thirsty for an method of spirituality grounded in common sense and in line with clinical wisdom. The megastar Spangled Buddhist is a provocative examine those American Buddhists via their 3 biggest hobbies within the usa: the Soka Gakkai overseas, Tibetan/Vajrayana Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism.

The perform of every of those American faculties, not like most standard Asian Buddhist sects, is grounded within the proposal that each one individuals are able to reaching enlightenment in “this lifetime.” however the adjustments also are profound: the spectrum of philosophical expression between those American Buddhist faculties is as diverse as that saw among Reformed, Orthodox, and Hasidic Judaism.

The megastar Spangled Buddhist isn’t written from the point of view of a monk or educational yet quite from the view of writer Jeff Ourvan, a lifelong-practicing lay Buddhist. As Ourvan explores the yank Buddhist flow via its preferred faculties, he arrives at a clearer knowing for himself and the reader approximately what it capability to be—and how one may possibly decide to be—a Buddhist in America.

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