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- DescriptionThis work examines 19th-century America's encounter with one of the world's major religions. Exploring the debates about Buddhism that followed upon its introduction to the USA, the author shows what happened when the transplanted religious movement came into contact with America's established culture and fundamentally different Protestant tradition. The text, first published in 1992, traces the efforts of various American interpreters to make sense of Buddhism in Western terms. Tweed demonstrates that while many of those interested in Buddhism considered themselves dissenters from American culture, they did t abandon some of the basic values they shared with their fellow Victorians. In the end, the Victorian understanding of Buddhism, even for its most enthusiastic proponents, was significantly shaped by the prevailing culture. Although Buddhism attracted much attention, it ultimately failed to build enduring institutions or gain significant numbers of adherents in the 19th century. Not until the following century did a cultural environment more conducive to Buddhism's taking root in America develop. In a preface new to this paperback edition, Tweed addresses Buddhism's growing influence in contemporary American culture.
- Author BiographyThomas A. Tweed is professor of religious studies and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Author(s)Thomas A. Tweed
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication30/09/2000
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Note2 tables, notes, bibliograhy, index
- Weight363 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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