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Animism among Western Buddhists

Myriad instances of animist phenomena abound in the Buddhist world, but due to the outdated concepts of thinkers such as […]

8 May 2018 8 May 2018 animism, Buddhism, ecology, personhood, vegetarianism
Devotion to Tibetan Lamas, Self Psychology, and Healing in the United States

This essay offers an alternative, self psychological model for understanding the possible healing dynamics of the guru-disciple relationship. Previous psychological […]

8 May 2018 8 May 2018 guru, healing, self psychology, Tibetan Buddhism, United States
Enchantment with Tibetan Lamas in the United States

This article explores the relationships of non-Tibetan American disciples with Tibetan spiritual teachers (lamas) in terms of theory, practice, and […]

8 May 2018 8 May 2018 compassionate social action, guru devotion, Tibetan Buddhism, United States
Groundhog Oracles and Their Forebears

Groundhog Day animal weather forecasting ceremonies continue to proliferate around the United States despite a lack of public confidence in […]

8 May 2018 8 May 2018 animal veneration, Groundhog Day, mourning, oracles, relationships with nature
Learning Love from a Tiger: Approaches to Nature in an American Buddhist Monastery

In current debates about Buddhist approaches to the non-human natural world, studies describe Buddhism variously as anthropocentric, bio-centric or eco-centric. […]

8 May 2018 8 May 2018 American Buddhism, anthropocentrism, ecocentrism, Vietnamese Buddhism
Scientific empathy, American buddhism, and the ethnography of religion

The expansion of the use of ethnography in the study of religion has led to substantial methodological confusion. The reflexive […]

8 May 2018 8 May 2018 Buddhism, empathy, ethnography, research ethics
The Friendly Yeti

Most images of yetis in Western popular culture and scholarly literature portray them as secular, predatory monsters. These representations overlook […]

8 May 2018 8 May 2018 bodhisattva, Buddhism, phenomenology, Schutz, Tibetan religions, yeti
The Maternal Personhood of Cattle and Plants at a Hindu Center in the United States

Religious experiences with sacred nonhuman natural beings considered to be “persons” remain only vaguely understood. This essay provides a measure […]

8 May 2018 8 May 2018 cow protection, personhood, plant veneration, psychoanalysis, selfobject
The Trees, My Lungs: Self-Psychology and the Natural World at an American Buddhist Center

This study employs ethnographic field data to trace a dialogue between the self‐psychological concept of the self object and experiences […]

8 May 2018 8 May 2018 human interactions with nature, religión, self psychology, Vietnamese Buddhism
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