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Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Developments of Buddhism in the West

at the Institute of Buddhist Studies
Berkeley, California
March 18 - 21, 2010

Panel II: Buddhisms in America, 9:30 - 12:30

Regionalism within American Buddhism

Jeff Wilson, Renison University College, University of Waterloo

Regionalism is one of the original forms of interpretation within the discipline of American religious history, but it has not been systematically applied to the study of Buddhism in America.  Indeed, there seems to be little awareness that case studies in large West Coast or Northern cities may not be representative of Buddhism in other places.  This presentation considers why regionalism has been overlooked, identifies some of the possible benefits of paying attention to American Buddhist regionalism, examines some of the sources of such regionalism, and provides examples of differing regional American Buddhisms.

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