November 30, 2010

Rebel Buddha—American Buddhism's Growing Pains

During the month of November, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! Look for daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here.

From Rebel Buddha:

"We seem to be at the point where our Buddhism and our Americanism can come together. Hopefully, as we take this step, we can go beyond cultural and spiritual sectarianism and become a voice of reason and compassion in our society. Traditional Buddhism and our youthful American Buddhism may not always look like they're on the same page. This may be the cause of occasional distress, but then parents always worry about their kids, and kids always think they know more and are cooler than their parents. But every generation is new and has to make its own discoveries about this journey. The further they go on their own path, the more proud and respectful they'll be of the family history. That's life in any family, isn't it?

So here we are, changing and being changed. Buddhist organizations today have already been transformed by their encounter with American culture. Students may come to dharma centers to learn Eastern philosophy and the practice of meditation, but the minute they walk through the door, they bring America with them. With their understanding of business management, organizational development, law, and finance, these students are helping to create healthy, democratic, and sustainable dharma centers. Other students are plugging their centers into the Internet, creating beautiful design work, translating, publishing, leading classes, and arranging social events. A dharma center is not necessarily a place just for contemplative activities any longer. It can be a full-fledged community for learning of all kinds, with social activities for young and old and families with children. This is a departure from traditional dharma organizations, but this transition is critically important for Buddhism to be viable in America."

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