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By John S. Harding

When Sasaki Sokei-an based his First Zen Institute of North the USA in 1930 he advised that bringing Zen Buddhism to the US used to be like "holding a lotus opposed to a rock and looking forward to it to set down roots." this day, Buddhism is a part of the cultural and non secular mainstream. vegetation at the Rock examines the dramatic development of Buddhism in Canada and questions a few of the underlying assumptions approximately how this practice has replaced within the West. utilizing ancient, ethnographic, and biographical methods, individuals light up neighborhood expressions of Buddhism chanced on all through Canada and relate the expansion of Buddhism in Canada to worldwide networks. an international viewpoint permits the quantity to beat the stereotype that Asia and the West are towards one another and acknowledges the continuities among Buddhist routine in Asia and the West which are formed through an analogous affects of modernity and globalization. flora at the Rock experiences the interesting and inventive adjustments, inflections, and variations that Buddhists make once they set down roots in a neighborhood tradition. it truly is crucial analyzing for a person drawn to Buddhism, spiritual existence in Canada, and the wider problems with multiculturalism and immigration. participants contain Michihiro Ama (University of Alaska), D. Mitra Barua (University of Saskatchewan), Paul Crowe (Simon Fraser University), Melissa Anne-Marie Curley (University of Iowa), Mavis Fenn (University of Waterloo), Kory Goldberg (Champlain College), Sarah F. Haynes (Western Illinois University), Jackie Larm (University of Edinburgh), Paul McIvor (independent), James Placzek (University of British Columbia), and Angela Sumegi (Carleton University).

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Flowers on the Rock: Global and Local Buddhisms in Canada

While Sasaki Sokei-an based his First Zen Institute of North the United States in 1930 he steered that bringing Zen Buddhism to the US used to be like "holding a lotus opposed to a rock and looking ahead to it to set down roots. " this present day, Buddhism is a part of the cultural and spiritual mainstream. plant life at the Rock examines the dramatic development of Buddhism in Canada and questions a few of the underlying assumptions approximately how this practice has replaced within the West.

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N. N. Goenka created a secular, non-religious meditation method in order to appeal to as many people as possible. Although based originally in Burma (Myanmar), when Goenka took his meditation method international, he came first to Canada and France. Canada thus has a special place in the history of Goenka meditation, but the organization must be recognized primarily as international. James Placzek’s chapter, “Sitavana: The Theravada Forest Tradition in British Columbia,” documents the establishment of the first Thai Forest Tradition monastery in Canada and explores this tradition’s stance on female ordination.

Judith Snodgrass insightfully points out, “The image of the Buddha seated in meditation beneath a tree provides the model for modern Buddhism’s disproportionate emphasis on meditation … and the basis for a certain arrogance among some western Buddhists who feel that the Buddhism of their practice is closer to Sakyamuni’s teachings than that of traditional Asian practitioners” (Snodgrass 2009, 21). Without conscious assent, one smoothly moves into the assumption that the Asian/ethnic is traditional but somehow inauthentic, while the Western/convert is modern as well as authentic.

The transformations that we see are the results of multiple conversations that have arisen from particular historical encounters. As such, it is as important to understand the local as the global. Neither can be understood in isolation; both are part of the same process. introduction 15 G l obal an d L o cal Buddhism s We use the term “Global Buddhism” to emphasize that Buddhism at the local level needs to be understood against its global background (as opposed to the term “Buddhist Globalism” that Soucy uses to identify the discourse that shapes “Global Buddhism”).

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