Contemporary Issues in the Americanization of Zen
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 1991
Pages: 267 - 272
Source ID: shanti-sources-68836
Collection: Mindfulness, Diversity, and Social Justice
Abstract: Common Boundary recently reported on the unusual case of a convicted drug user allowed to live in an American Zen Buddhist monastery in place of a prison sentence and rehabilitation (Rosenberg, 1990). Zen in America is currently undergoing profound reexamination, experimentation, and change. During the past year, Craig T. Twentyman and I co-taught a graduate seminar entitled "Constructing Transcultural Reality:2 The Americanization of Zen." Based upon the seminar and associated research, a synoptic distillation of contemporary issues in the Americanization of Zen is presented, followed by a selective bibliography on the subject.