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Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America

Wendy Cadge

Abstract

Theravada is one of the three main branches of Buddhism. In Asia it is practiced widely in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. This ethnography opens a window onto two communities of Theravada Buddhists in contemporary America: one outside Philadelphia that is composed largely of Thai immigrants and one outside Boston that consists mainly of white converts. The book first provides a historical overview of Theravada Buddhism and considers its specific origins here in the United States. It then brings the findings to bear on issues of personal identity, immigration, cultural assimila ... More

Keywords: Theravada, Buddhism, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, Buddhists, Cambodia, Philadelphia, Thai immigrants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226088990
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226089010.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Cadge, author