Future of Buddhism
An increasingly popular tradition, Buddhism continues to penetrate western ideas of science, psychology, and spirituality. What might we expect from the sectarian facets of the Buddhist community? How will American Buddhism differ from its historic roots? Patheos engages these questions in its Future of Religion series.
Contributing authors include: Mushim Ikeda, Thubten Chodron, Rev. George Tanabe, Les Sponsel, Chade-Meng Tan, James Coleman, Natascha Bruckner, Venerable Jaguang, Stephen Levine, Alan Senauke, Chan Master Sheng Yen, Philip Ryan, Josh Bartok, Maia Duerr, Jeff Wilson, Paul Numrich, Christopher Queen, Bernie Glassman, Charles S. Prebish, and Susan Kaiser Greenland.
As preface or afterword, random notes from the editor of the series.
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In the recognition of our being truly one may rest not only the future of Buddhism, but also of humankind.
Buddhism is clearly moving from the fringes of American religious life into its mainstream.
The growth of Buddhism in the West can be located within a larger phenomenon of contemplative practices. Does this constitute a movement, and how might it move forward in the future?
From the monastery to the streets, Zen Houses emerge to care for the poor.
Kids are our future. Witnessing the awakening of their mindful awareness, the future looks good.
The trend toward combining psychotherapy with Buddhism is a mismatch, through which true Dharma teachings and practice can be lost.
Time is an illusion and Buddhism is but a word, a lens. Looking beyond words, through our own wisdom eye, we can awaken to What Is, opening the heart of the heart.
A former Zen nun shines a light on how Buddhism can serve America's multicultural, democratic society, and how such social realities are shaping the future of Buddhism.
North American Buddhists often discuss the relationship between the monastic and lay paths. The monastic path may be more viable than many think.
A leading scholar of Buddhism in America, who's also a practitioner, looks back -- and ahead.
Social action has become the spiritual practice of many Buddhists in the West.
Notes from a veteran at the interface of Buddhism and the internet, currently at the front lines, serving up the dharma digitally, for the welfare of all beings.
Western Buddhism is strongly shaped by three forces or three “marks” in Buddhist language: lay practice, the empowerment of women, and social engagement.
The Soka Gakkai since its establishment in 1930 has made dialogue the central point or “heartbeat” of its movement.
A beloved Buddhist sage's vision of the future is rich with promise and guidance. These opportunities for putting wisdom and compassion into practice all originate in the Buddha, never more true than today
The future of Buddhism shines, not only in diagnosing the ultimate problem, but also in prescribing the ultimate solution.
Buddhists in the 21st century are mingling teachings from different branches. In so doing, they often empower their finest capacities -- such as wise humor and compassionate wit.
Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii is dying from its attachment to tradition. It is in need of leaders like Shinran and Honen, heretics who created new orthodoxies.
A renowned American Vajrayana Buddhist nun offers a global checklist of concise, probing questions pertinent to the future of Buddhism.
Though Buddhism faces many challenges within and without, these may also present opportunities in the years ahead.