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This paintings indicates how Buddhism has been as deeply plagued by the US as the United States has been stricken by it. Buddhism is likely one of the world's oldest and such a lot widely-practiced faiths, yet in the US it has a comparatively brief heritage. This paintings explores how Asian immigrants have introduced Buddhism to the US.
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The religious traditions that inspired it, however, were not always a prime concern. The Transcendentalists (see page 24), although influential among intellectuals, did not reach a wide popular audience. Still, they made the first efforts to bring Buddhism to public attention—at least as literature, if not as a widely practiced faith. In 1844, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s literary magazine, The Dial, published the first known translation of a Buddhist text to appear in the United States. The selections P R E C E D I N G PA G E from the Lotus Sutra were once thought to have been translated by Buddhism in the movies Set in Tibet, but made by American filmmaker Martin Scorcese, Kundun told the story of the young Dalai Lama’s growth and training.
They helped popularize Tibetan practices in the West. Tulku arrived in the United States in 1968 and settled in California. He belonged to the oldest Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Nyingma, which stressed meditation and tantric practices (see page 18). Tulku taught Americans, who then spread Nyingma teachings. He also started Dharma Publishing to publish his writings. The Chinese have destroyed thousands of temples in Tibet, which housed many sacred books and works of art. In response, exiled Tibetans in the United States and American Vajrayana Buddhists have made a significant effort to translate Tibetan texts and write new works about Tibetan Buddhism in English.
In the United States, collectors bought original Japanese sumiye art, and some artists used the idea of spontaneity in their own brush-and-ink work. During the 1970s and 1980s, Zen ideas were appearing in a number of books on subjects not directly related to Buddhism. Robert Pirsig wrote the best-seller Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), a book about the author’s travels and his experiences on the road, as well as about Eastern and Western philosophy. Zen and the Art of Archery (1953) by Eugen Herrigel explored a German professor’s six years studying Japanese archery.
Buddhist Faith in America by Founder/Director J Gordon Melton, Visit Amazon's Michael Burgan Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Michael Burgan,