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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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Ringing a Regional Perspective to American Buddhism

Ringing a Regional Perspective to American Buddhism

(p.17) Chapter One Ringing a Regional Perspective to American Buddhism
Dixie Dharma

Jeff Wilson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter lays out a basic approach to studying regionalism in American Buddhism. It first provides a brief historiography of Buddhism in America and explains why American Buddhist regionalism has been overlooked in American religious studies. This chapter suggests five modes of investigation to provide better understanding of the Buddhist regions of the United States: (1) regional distribution patterns within American Buddhism, (2) impact of regions on Buddhism, (3) Buddhist impact on regions, (4) regional differences within the same Buddhist lineage, and (5) difference between built environments.

Keywords:   regionalism, American Buddhism, Buddhism, American Buddhist, religious studies

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