This paper, written and edited with the gracious help of Prof. NASU Eisho of the Institute of Buddhist studies, was presented at the XI Biennial Confrence of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies, held in Berkeley in 2003. It was subsequently published in the 2003 issue of The Prue Land.
My thesis was completed in late summer, 2002. In it, I examine the impact of the internet on the development of American Buddhism. Of special concern are the development of community, pedagogical implications, and the commodification of Buddhism. Since I wrote in 2002, almost everything therein is pretty much out of date. Ah, the perennial problem of writing about the ever-evolving Interweb!