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HeartwoodThe First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America$
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Wendy Cadge

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226088990

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226089010.001.0001

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Observations Through a Gendered Lens

Observations Through a Gendered Lens

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(p.172) Chapter 7 Observations Through a Gendered Lens
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Heartwood
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226089010.003.0007

This chapter contributes a gendered perspective to discussions of the history and practice of Buddhism at Wat Phila, the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC), and the United States more generally. It also contributes more broadly to existing research about the gendered nature of organizations. As an analytic lens, gender at Wat Phila and the CIMC points to how the organizations are differently structured and provide places for women and men to be involved in different ways. It also points to women's greater involvement in religious organizations in the United States and to the importance of recognizing those differences while examining how organizations function and operate, and how people influence those organizations and are influenced by them in their daily lives.

Keywords:   gendered perspective, Wat Phila, Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, Theravada Buddhism, America, religious organizations

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