The USA appears to be like turning into a Buddhist kingdom. megastar converts, the recognition of the Dalai Lama, motifs in renowned videos, and mala beads on the mall point out an expanding inculcation of Buddhism into the yankee attention, no matter if a comparatively small percent of the inhabitants truly describe themselves as Buddhists. This publication seems past the trendier manifestations of Buddhism in the USA to examine notably American Buddhist methods of life—ways of perceiving and realizing. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff have equipped this special assortment in line with the Buddhist notion of the 3 Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
The Buddha part discusses the 2 key lecturers who popularized Buddhism in the USA: Alan Watts and D. T. Suzuki and the actual different types of spirituality they proclaimed. The Dharma part bargains with how Buddhism can enlighten present public debates and a attention of our nationwide earlier with explorations of bioethics, abortion, end-of-life judgements, and realization in past due capitalism. the ultimate part at the Sangha, or neighborhood of believers, discusses how Buddhist groups either formal and casual have affected American society with chapters on family members existence, Nisei Buddhists, homosexual liberation, and Zen gardens.
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31. Watts, Seeds of Genius, 139. The weight of his unresolved psychic burdens is also indicated by his comment to a friend that he could not stop drinking because “I don’t like myself when I am sober” (Quoted by Al Chung-liang Huang in the afterword to Watts, Tao, 125). 32. Alan Watts, The Two Hands of God: The Myths of Polarity (New York: Collier Books, 1969), 19. 33. Alan Watts, Beyond Theology: The Art of Godmanship (New York: Vintage Books, 1973), 219. 34. Alan Watts, Psychotherapy East and West (New York: Ballantine Books, 1969), 24.
The only way out of the teacher’s trap, then, is to realize that the whole way of thinking that got you into it was an illusion. You started down the path because you believed you were far from the truth. Having walked into the trap, however, the only way you will ﬁnd the freedom or wholeness you originally sought is by giving up the quest. You only reach your goal, that is, by giving up your increasingly futile effort to reach it. Religion’s ultimate lesson, then, is that it has nothing to teach.
42. Watts, Psychotherapy, 52. 43. Watts, The Book, 53–85. 44. Watts, Nature, 7. 45. See Watts, Nature, 62–63; and Watts, Way of Zen, 8. 46. Watts, Nature, 42. 47. Watts, Nature, 21. 48. Watts, The Book, 151. 49. Watts, Nature, 116. 50. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, trans. D. F. Pears and B. F. McGuinness (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1961), 149. 51. See Nordstrom and Pilgrim, “The Wayward Mysticism,” 381–401. 52. Watts, In My Own Way, 290. 53. Watts, The Book, 127. 54.