The Star Spangled Buddhist: Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the Quest for Enlightenment in America

Jeff Ourvan. Skyhorse, $24.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-62087-639-8
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As Buddhism grows in America, it can be difficult to keep track of the different schools that have penetrated the culture since they began proliferating during the 20th century. Ourvan, a Buddhist practitioner, attorney, and literary agent, offers a succinct but illuminating overview of Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism. Organized in sections by the Three Jewels (the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha), the book tracks the historical and theoretical development of these three different Buddhist schools, their introduction into American culture, and the way they view their place in our society today. Ourvan’s experience as a Soka Gakkai practitioner testifies to the transformational effect of meditation that increasing numbers have come to know in recent years. This highly informative book is especially suited to the reader who lacks a background in Buddhism, though it is also a satisfying refresher course for anyone with prior knowledge. Agent: Jennifer Lyons, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency (Jun.)
Reviewed on: 05/13/2013
Release date: 06/01/2013
Genre: Nonfiction
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