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New PDF release: Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South

By Jeff Wilson

Buddhism within the usa is usually considered in reference to practitioners within the Northeast and at the West Coast, yet in truth, it's been spreading and evolving during the usa because the mid-nineteenth century. In Dixie Dharma, Jeff Wilson argues that area is important to figuring out American Buddhism. in the course of the lens of a multidenominational Buddhist temple in Richmond, Virginia, Wilson explores how Buddhists are adapting to existence within the conservative evangelical Christian tradition of the South, and the way conventional Southerners are adjusting to those more moderen contributors at the non secular panorama.

Introducing a bunch of ignored characters, together with Buddhist circuit riders, modernist natural Land monks, and pluralistic Buddhists, Wilson indicates how local specificity manifests itself via such practices as meditation vigils to heal the injuries of the slave exchange. He argues that southern Buddhists right now use physically practices, iconography, and meditation instruments to enact particular sectarian identities at the same time they get pleasure from an inventive hybridity.

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