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Future of Buddhism

Introduction

Introduction

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 DuerrJeff Wilson, Paul Numrich, Christopher Queen, Bernie Glassman, Charles S. Prebish, and Susan Kaiser Greenland.

To Be Continued: An Editorial Introduction to The Future of Buddhism

To Be Continued: An Editorial Introduction to The Future of Buddhism

Gary Gach

As preface or afterword, random notes from the editor of the series.

Through a Wisdom Eye

Through a Wisdom Eye

An Interview with Josh Bartok (Senior Editor, Wisdom Publications)

Did you know? the first printed book was Buddhist? Here's an update on Dharma publishing, and what it portends, from one of its leading practitioners.

There Are No Others: Buddhism and Oneness

There Are No Others: Buddhism and Oneness

Natascha Bruckner (Managing Editor, Mindfulness Bell)

In the recognition of our being truly one may rest not only the future of Buddhism, but also of humankind.

Into the Mainstream: Buddhism, Mysticism, and Ecumenism

Into the Mainstream: Buddhism, Mysticism, and Ecumenism

James William Coleman (California Polytechnic State University)

Buddhism is clearly moving from the fringes of American religious life into its mainstream.

The Future of Contemplative Practice in America: Buddhism in the West

The Future of Contemplative Practice in America: Buddhism in the West

Maia Duerr (Five Directions Consulting)

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?

Zen Peacemakers

Zen Peacemakers

An Interview with Bernie Glassman (Founder, Zen Peacemakers)

From the monastery to the streets, Zen Houses emerge to care for the poor.

A Whole New World: Buddhism and Our Children

A Whole New World: Buddhism and Our Children

Susan Kaiser Greenland (Co-Founder, Inner Kids Foundation)

Kids are our future. Witnessing the awakening of their mindful awareness, the future looks good.

Faith in the Buddha Mind: Preserving the Tradition

Faith in the Buddha Mind: Preserving the Tradition

Venerable Jaguang Sunim (Buddhist Nun)

The trend toward combining psychotherapy with Buddhism is a mismatch, through which true Dharma teachings and practice can be lost.

Red Bear Mountain

Red Bear Mountain

Stephen Levine (Author and Teacher)

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.

Results-Oriented Dharma: U.S. Buddhism in the 21st Century

Results-Oriented Dharma: U.S. Buddhism in the 21st Century

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.

The Monastic Path in North American Buddhism

The Monastic Path in North American Buddhism

Paul David Numrich (Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Trinity Lutheran Seminary)

North American Buddhists often discuss the relationship between the monastic and lay paths. The monastic path may be more viable than many think.

Emerging and Engaging: A Vital American Buddhism

Emerging and Engaging: A Vital American Buddhism

Charles S. Prebish (Utah State University)

A leading scholar of Buddhism in America, who's also a practitioner, looks back -- and ahead.

Buddhist Paths of Service and Activism

Buddhist Paths of Service and Activism

Christopher Queen (Harvard University)

Social action has become the spiritual practice of many Buddhists in the West.

Online Buddhists

Online Buddhists

Philip Ryan (Web Editor, Tricycle Magazine)

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 and the Indefinite Future

Western Buddhism and the Indefinite Future

Hozan Alan Senauke (Clear View Project)

Western Buddhism is strongly shaped by three forces or three “marks” in Buddhist language: lay practice, the empowerment of women, and social engagement.

Dialogue: The Dynamic Link to Dependent Origination

Dialogue: The Dynamic Link to Dependent Origination

Vinessa Shaw (Soka Gakkai International (SGI)–USA)

The Soka Gakkai since its establishment in 1930 has made dialogue the central point or “heartbeat” of its movement.

Liberation and Society: Deliverance through the Buddhadharma

Liberation and Society: Deliverance through the Buddhadharma

Chan Master Sheng Yen (Founder, Dharma Drum Mountain)

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

Enhancing Awareness: Buddhist Solutions for a Future World

Enhancing Awareness: Buddhist Solutions for a Future World

Leslie E. Sponsel (University of Hawai'i) and Poranee Natadecha-Sponsel (Chaminade University)

The future of Buddhism shines, not only in diagnosing the ultimate problem, but also in prescribing the ultimate solution.

Hahayana

Hahayana

Chade-Meng Tan (Google University)

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.

Heresy and the Future of Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii

Heresy and the Future of Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii

George Tanabe (University of Hawaii)

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.

Cycles of Optimism: Buddhism's Challenges for Future Generations

Cycles of Optimism: Buddhism's Challenges for Future Generations

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron (Founder, Sravasti Abbey)

A renowned American Vajrayana Buddhist nun offers a global checklist of concise, probing questions pertinent to the future of Buddhism.

Challenges and Opportunities: Speculations on a Buddhist Future

Challenges and Opportunities: Speculations on a Buddhist Future

Jeff Wilson (Renison University College)

Though Buddhism faces many challenges within and without, these may also present opportunities in the years ahead.

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