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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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The Buddhist Confederacy

The Buddhist Confederacy

Differentiation and Identity in Buddhist Spaces

(p.89) Chapter Three The Buddhist Confederacy
Dixie Dharma

Jeff Wilson

University of North Carolina Press

Ekoji Buddhist Sangha of Richmond is the only temple in the country that shelters five diverse groups practicing in distinct lineages—Pure Land, Zen, Tibetan, Vipassana, and the Meditative Inquiry group. This chapter defines each group's lineage and practices, including how and why their practices evolved over the years. Each of Ekoji's five groups is officially aligned with a specific form of Buddhist practice and doctrine. The chapter explores the differentiation among groups by looking at how they use space, objects, and bodies to carve out their own Buddhist identity.

Keywords:   Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, Richmond, Pure Land, Zen, Tibetan, Vipassana, and the Meditative Inquiry, differentiation, identity

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