An American Buddhist Life: Memoirs of a Modern Dharma by Charles Prebish,Damien Keown

By Charles Prebish,Damien Keown

From the start of Charles Prebish’s involvement with Buddhism in 1965, Buddhism has made large inroads at the North American continent, and world-wide, either by way of its scholarship and globalization. He has been lucky sufficient to grasp and paintings with an enormous crew of amazing students who stay alive: Luis Gómez, Lewis Lancaster, Donald Swearer, Frank Reynolds, Stanley Weinstein, Jeffrey Hopkins, Robert Thurman and others. regrettably, none of those nice students turns out as but to have shared their recollections of those fascinating instances with readers. both, due to his pioneering paintings in learning Western kinds of Buddhism, Dr. Prebish used to be capable of meet not just the various Asian Buddhist lecturers who seemed in North the US after the switch in immigration legislation in 1965, yet almost all in their first and moment iteration Dharma heirs. His friendships with Chogyam Trungpa and John Daido Loori Roshi, for instance, gave him insights into the swift improvement of what he all started calling “American Buddhism” within the Nineteen Seventies. within the approximately part century that he has been concerned with the Buddhist culture, an incredible variety of significant occasions have happened in North the United States (and worldwide), and he has been concerned with just about all of them. except being the best pioneer within the research of Western types of Buddhism, as pointed out above, he was once the best suggest for developing this new and interesting street of inquiry as a sound and significant sub-discipline within the higher self-discipline of Buddhist stories. Now there are lots of dozens of classes dedicated to this subject, and it has develop into probably the most brilliant parts of scholarly book in Buddhist reports. while know-how started to creep into academe, he was once there to stumbled on, with Damien Keown in 1994, the web magazine of Buddhist Ethics, which was once the 1st on-line peer-reviewed scholarly magazine within the box of non secular experiences. 5 years later, with Martin Baumann, he begun the magazine of world Buddhism. In 1996, he and Keown based the Routledge “Critical reviews in Buddhism” sequence which released greater than sixty scholarly titles less than their editorship over the following 10 years. In different phrases, Dr. Prebish has been interested by nearly every thing intriguing within the Buddhist international during the last forty-five years. due to his specific involvement and durability, he has a major old list to rfile and proportion, and an incredible variety of tales to inform. those tales let us percentage his terrific own trip, and supply a real “insider’s” point of view. It even supplies us an extraordinary and mostly unknown photo into the realm of game, the place he grew to become a nationally revered Olympic-style wrestling reputable and one of many best, early scholarly proponents of the exploration of the connection among recreation and faith. Chuck’s tales are type and compassionate. An American Buddhist lifestyles: Memoirs of a latest Dharma Pioneer makes for a superb read!

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