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American Buddhism: Spiritual Practice or Identity Theft?

In the 1960’s Americans began to integrate elements of Buddhist ideology into their philosophical beliefs, but many traditional Asian Buddhists would argue that these interpretations are missing out the fundamental aspects of achieving enlightenment. While American interpretations of Buddhism stray away from the traditional teachings of Buddhism, in the process they have opened more doors to […]



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The Diamond Cutter Institute -The Roach Controversy

My final project will take the form of a research paper, on American re-interpretations and corruptions of Tibetan Buddhism. For example the teachings of Geshe Michael Roach, and his.Diamond Cutter Institute. Roach has been the main focus of my research. Roach has several distinguishing features that point to him being a master influencer and manipulator, […]



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Chinese Buddhism: Compare & Contrast

Chinese Buddhism: Compare & Contrast In my final assignment I decided to write about the differences of between how Buddhism traditionally was and still is practiced in China compared to the ways Americans have adopted it. As we all know America is a country of the free and how we do certain things is up […]



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Buddhism in America

This past semester for one of my core 330 classes I have been studying Gods, Ghosts, and Ancestors, with Professor Noonan. This class has focused on Chinese folktales, religious beliefs and how those beliefs are practiced. One of our assignments was to read and discuss a chapter titled Of Temples and Tourists: The Effects of […]



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