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By Thomas A. Tweed

During this landmark paintings, Thomas Tweed examines nineteenth-century America's stumble upon with one of many world's significant religions. Exploring the debates approximately Buddhism that upon its advent during this nation, Tweed exhibits what occurred whilst the transplanted spiritual move got here into touch with America's confirmed tradition and essentially diverse Protestant culture.

The e-book, first released in 1992, lines the efforts of assorted American interpreters to make experience of Buddhism in Western phrases. Tweed demonstrates that whereas lots of these attracted to Buddhism thought of themselves dissenters from American tradition, they didn't abandon a number of the easy values they shared with their fellow Victorians. in any case, the Victorian knowing of Buddhism, even for its such a lot enthusiastic proponents, used to be considerably formed via the existing tradition. even though Buddhism attracted a lot realization, it eventually didn't construct enduring associations or achieve major numbers of adherents within the 19th century. no longer till the next century did a cultural setting extra conducive to Buddhism's taking root in the USA increase.

In a brand new preface, Tweed addresses Buddhism's transforming into impact in modern American culture.

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