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  American Encounter with Buddhism, 1844-1912 : Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent
By: Thomas A. Tweed




 
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Author: Thomas A. Weed
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0807849065
Publication Date: 2000

Product Code: 14561
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In this landmark work, Thomas Tweed examines nineteenth-century America's encounter with one of the world's major religions. Exploring the debates about Buddhism that followed upon its introduction in this country, Tweed shows what happened when the transplanted religious movement came into contact with America's established culture and fundamentally different Protestant tradition. Tweed traces the efforts of various American interpreters to make sense of Buddhism in Western terms. He demonstrates that while many of those interested in Buddhism considered themselves dissenters from American culture, they did not 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 nineteenth century. Not until the following century did a cultural environment more conducive to Buddhism's taking root in America develop. In a new preface, Tweed addresses Buddhism's growing influence in contemporary American culture.
American Encounter with Buddhism, Thomas A. Tweed, University of North Carolina Press, Paperback, 2000, 242 pages, $19.95

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