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Dixie DharmaInside a Buddhist Temple in the American South$
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Jeff Wilson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835456

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869970_wilson

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Introduction Ncounters at a Multidenominational Temple in the South

Introduction Ncounters at a Multidenominational Temple in the South

(p.1) Introduction Ncounters at a Multidenominational Temple in the South
Dixie Dharma

Jeff Wilson

University of North Carolina Press

The Ekoji Buddhist Sangha of Richmond, the “Temple of the Gift of Light” located in Richmond's Museum District in Virginia, houses five distinct groups practicing in separate lineages of Buddhism: Pure Land, Soto Zen, Kagyu (Tibetan), and Vipassana, and the Meditative Inquiry group. This book discusses the exceptional degree of pluralism at Ekoji and the ways in which regionalism may manifest in relation to Buddhism in America. Using the Ekoji Buddhist Sangha of Richmond as the primary case study, the chapter shows how bodily practices serve as paths through the shared space of Ekoji and the streets of Richmond and reveals more about identity formation and expression.

Keywords:   Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, Richmond, Pure Land, Soto Zen, Kagyu, Tibetan, Vipassana, Meditative Inquiry, pluralism, regionalism

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