But I think he’s misguided about the assumption that Buddhism is not flourishing or that there is no “Buddhist culture” in America. And so I think his article is mostly off base. What I was hinting at in my previous post is actually just the opposite. First, I think the numbers are clearly in my favor, that there are all sorts of actual living and breathing Buddhists crawlin’ around all over the place in these parts. So it seems that what Strand is concerned about is one particular type of Buddhism which may be in danger of failing: his type. “Convert” Buddhism. Boomer Buddhism.
I’ve said it before and I’m going to keep saying till I’m blue in the face: American Buddhism whatever the hell it is is not just white convert boomer Buddhists. And if Mr. Strand is right (that boomer converts are dying off) and if I’m right (that the overall number of Buddhists is increasing), what exactly is he fighting for? Buddhism? Or Boomer Buddhism?
It’s freakin’ cold out there. But, then again, it’s not like I’m livin’ in North Dakota or anything. So I’ll just get over that one. At any rate, on to other things. There’s a whole bunch of things I’ve got rollin’ around up in the ol’ noggin today that I could be writing about. But […]
And then right back outta here! We got back into town rather late yesterday. And I had grand plans this morning to Get Stuff Done, clean up around the house, call people, etc., etc. What did I do? I sat around all day trying to make the Institute of Buddhist Studies website that much better. […]
All of which has nothing to do with anything. It’s still pretty early in the morning, I’m rambling, but I really wanted to get on to some deeper reflections about what’s going on in the World of Buddhism at the AAR. That is, after all, why I’m here. But first I think I ought to set the stage a bit. Do some academic name dropping.
This morning I went by the Employment Information Services center here at the conference. It’s a place where employers can list jobs and candidates can apply and interview and stuff. I decided to hang out in the “candidate lounge” to look through listings. Once I got in there I immediately felt nervous and depressed. And […]
Well it’s three o’clock in the afternoon of Friday of November 16th which can mean only one thing (for me at any rate): it’s the Big Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.