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Re-Enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West
By: Paine, Jeffery
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In a single generation, Tibetan Buddhism developed from the faith of a remote mountain people, associated with bizarre, almost medieval, superstitions, to perhaps the most rapidly growing and celebrity-studded religion in the West.
Disaffected with other religious traditions yet searching for meaning, huge numbers of Americans have found their way to the wisdom of Tibetan lamas in exile. These flamboyant teachers proved to be charismatic and gifted ambassadors for their ancient religion. So did two Western women, born in Brooklyn and London's East End, whose homegrown religious institutions turned out to be identical with the most sophisticated Tibetan teachings, revealing them to be reincarnated lamas.
With great flair for both the sublime and the human, Jeffery Paine narrates in page-turning, richly informative fashion how Tibetan Buddhism û rarified and sensual, mystical and commonsensical û became the ideal religion for a "post-religious" age. In this comprehensive narrative of Tibetan Buddhism's relocating to the West, Jeffery Paine has told perhaps the most dramatic religious story of our time û a story that provides new insight into the changed nature of contemporary religion and spirituality.
Re-Enchantment, Jeffery Paine, W.W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, $24.95
JEFFERY PAINE is a former editor of the "Wilson Quarterly, the author of "Father India, and the editor of "The Poetry of Our World. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Introduction: A Thousand Years in the Eye of God
Worlds in Collision
Everyone Was Dear
Playboy of the Gods
Dakinis Descending a Staircase
A Tibetan Hermit, Made in England
Interlude: An American in Tibet
The Reincarnation with the Beautiful Fingernails
Buddha: The Screen Test
In Search of the Ordinary: 3 Visits
The Buddhist Gatsby and a Modest Old Friend
Into the Closet
To Hell and to Jail
Conclusion: For a Future to Be Possible
Biographical Note and Acknowledgments
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