Asian Religions in America

Asian Religions in America : A Documentary History

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Asian religions have a long and intriguing history in America. For over two centuries, Asian immigrants have been coming to America and bringing their religions with them. Some Americans have reacted with alarm to the arrival of heathen religions on American shores, while others have taken refuge in lamas from Tibet, yogis from India, and Zen masters from Japan. Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History is the first text to show the breadth and depth of the American encounter with Asian religions. Ranging from 1784 to the present, it features over one hundred excerpts and dozens of illustrations drawn from literature, art, music, sports, philosophy, theology, politics, and law. Selections discuss Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Shinto, Confucianism, and Taoism and their places in the American religious landscape. Martial artist Bruce Lee, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, Beatles star John Lennon, Chinese-American writer Amy Tan, African-American activist Frederick Douglass, Vietnamese Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, and dozens of lesser-known immigrants and Asian Americans are all represented.The editors have provided a general historical introduction, an overview of Asian religions, four section introductions, and concise explanatory headnotes for each entry. The volume is further enhanced by helpful reference materials including a detailed chronology, suggestions for further reading, and an index. Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History serves as an exceptional text for courses in Asian religions, world religions, and religion in America, and is also enlightening reading for academics and general readers.show more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 612.36g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 36 halftones, 5 line illustrations
  • 019511339X
  • 9780195113396

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"This book is a real treasure. Its strength is the freshness of material gathered together for the first time in a single place. I would definitely adopt it for my course on Religion in Multicultural America. I also think it will have a readership quite beyond classroom use, because much of the material is just good, interesting reading."-Diana L. Eck, Harvard University "My overall reaction is unmitigated enthusiasm. Tweed and Prothero have done an excellent and judicious job of putting together a rich and well-chosen set of documents that reveal the diverse and complex history and character of Asian religions in America."-Peter N. Gregory, University of Illinois "The skillful selection and editing of the documents, the useful overviews at the beginning of each section, and the informative introductions to each section should make the work an attractive choice for courses in American religion, Asian and world religions, and the Asian religions in America."-Carl T. Jackson, University of Texas, El Pasoshow more

Table of contents

Preface ; General Introduction ; Introduction to Asian Religions ; PART 1. ORIENTATIONS, 1784-1840 ; Introduction ; 1. Views from Abroad ; Amasa Delano, Narrative of Voyages and Travels (1817) ; Christian Disciple, An Account of the Sikhs in India (1814) ; Mr. Morrison's Letter from China (1809) ; Adoniram and Ann Judson, A Mission in Burma (1832) ; 2. Views from Home ; Benjamin Franklin's Oriental Tale (1788) ; Joseph Priestley, A Comparison of the Institutions of Moses with those of the Hindoos and Other Ancient Nations (1799) ; John Adams to Thomas Jefferson (1813-14) ; William Bentley on Asian Trade in Salem (1794-1804) ; Hannah Adams, Dictionary of All Religions (1817) ; Charles A. Goodrich, Asian Religious Ceremonies and Customs (1832) ; PART 2. ENCOUNTERS, 1840-1924 ; 3. East to America: Immigrant Landings ; Frederick Douglass, Our Composite Nationality (1869) ; Fung Chee Pang, The Chines Sage and the Mongolian Bible (1876) ; Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) ; Frederick J. Masters, Pagan Temples in San Francisco (1892) ; Shuye Sonoda to Paul Carus (1899) ; Saint Nihal Singh, The Picturesque Immigrant From India's Coral Strand (1909) ; Swami Paramananda, Christ and Oriental Ideals (1923) ; United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923) ; 4. Romancing the Orient: Literary Passages ; Ralph Waldo Emerson, Plato and Brahma (1850, 1857) ; Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849) ; Bret Harte, The Heathen Chinee (1870) ; Walt Whitman, Passage to India (1871) ; T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922) ; 5. Journeys in the Study ; Webster's Dictionary on Hinduism and Buddhism (1828, 1849, 1864) ; Lydia Maria Child, The Progress of Religious Ideas (1855) ; James Freeman Clarke, Ten Great Religions (1871) ; 6. Postcards for the Pews: Missionaries and Their Critics ; M. L. Gordon, An American Missionary in Japan (1892) ; Mark Twain, The United States of Lyncherdom (1901) ; Myra E. Withee, Is Buddhism to Blame? (1902) ; 7. The World's Parliament of Religions ; John Henry Barrows, Words of Welcome (1893) ; Swami Vivekananda, Hinduism (1893) ; Anagarika Dharmapala, Thw World's Debt to Buddha (1893) ; Soyen Shaku, Reply to a Christian Critic (1896) ; 8. Turning East: Sympathesizers and Converts ; Henry Steel Olcott, The Buddhist Catechism (1900, 1881) ; Sister Christine, Memories of Swami Vivekananda (1945) ; Paul Carus, The Dharma (1898) ; Marie Canavarro, Insight into the Far East (1925) ; William Sturgis Bigelow to Kwanryo Naobayashi (1895) ; PART 3. EXCLUSION, 1924-1965 ; Introduction ; 9. Closed Ports and Open Camps ; Asian Exclusion Act (1924) ; President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Executive Order No. 9066 (1942) ; Nyogen Senzaki, Like a Dream, Like a Fantasy (1978) ; Shigeo Kikuchi, Memoirs of a Buddhist Woman Missionary in Hawaii (1991) ; Julius Goldwater, Wartime Buddhist Liturgy (1940s) ; 10. Hindu Crossings: Gurus and Disciples ; Krishnalal Shridharani, Hindus are Human Beings (1941) ; Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) ; Krishnamurti, The Turning Point (1975) ; John Yale, What Vendanta Means to me (1960) ; 11. Buddhist Crossings: Masters and Students ; D. T. Suzuki, What is Zen? (1959) ; Dwight Goddard, Followers of Buddha: An American Brotherhood (1934) ; Jack Kerouac, Dharma Burns (1958) ; Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Zen: A Method for Religious Awakening (1959) ; Elson B. Snow, Entry into the Dharma Gate (1994) ; 12. Artists, Preachers, and Missionaries ; E. Stanley Jones, The Christ of the Indian Road (1925) ; Mersene Sloan, The Indian Menace 91929) ; Howard and Sue Bailey Thurman, Meet Mahatma Gandhi (1936) ; John Cage, Lecture on Nothing (1949) ; PART 4. PASSAGES, 1965 TO THE PRESENT ; Introduction ; 13. Countercultural Appropriations ; Alan Watts, Beginning a Counterculture (1972) ; Timothy Leary, The Buddha as Drop-Out (1968) ; Ram Dass, The Only Dance There Is (1974) ; 14. Asian Indian Gurus, Converts, and Movements ; A TM Catechism (1975) ; The Beatles and A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Pradhupada, Search for Liberation (1970) ; Yogi Bhajan, Awakening the Mind to Prayer (1984) ; Margaret Simpson, An Experience of Siddha Yoga Meditation (1991) ; Swami Satchidananda, Integral Yoga (1996) ; Sai Bab a and the Resurrection of Walter Cowan (1976) ; 15. Buddhist Teachers, Converts, Movements ; Shunryu Suzuki, Posture (1970) ; Chogyam Trungpa, Meditation in Action (1969) ; Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness (1975) ; An Interview with Roshi Jiyu Kennett (1986) ; Women, Buddhism, and Vipassana Meditation (1991) ; Bell Hooks, Waking Up to Racism (1994) ; Jacci Thompson-Dodd, The Power of the Soka Gakkai's Chanting (1996) ; Bernard Glassman and Rick Fields, Recipes for Social Change (1996) ; 16. Indian Immigrants: Hindu, Jain, and Sikh ; Anand Mohan, The Pilgrimage (1994) ; Rituals at Sri Venkateswara Temple (1995) ; Sri Ganesha Temple, Nashville: Recounting History and Nuturing Youth (1985-96) ; Hinduism in the Public Realm: Hinduism Today on Christianity and Cloning (1996) ; Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago, A Promising Future (1993) ; Sikh Religious Society, "Things That Make You Ask 'Kion'" (1994) ; 17. Buddhist Immigrants ; The Buddha's Birthday in a Vietnamese-American Temple (1986) ; The Dalai Lama Meets the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California (1989) ; Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara's Tenth Anniverary (1990 ; Later Generations of Japanese Americans on Jodo Shinshu (1990) ; Thai Youth Club, DJ or Not We're Still Upset (1994) ; Hsi Lai Temple, Buddhist Teaching Coming to the West (1997) ; 18. Asian Religions in American Culture ; Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do (1975) ; Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh (1982) ; Gary Synder, Smokey and the Bear Sutra (1969) ; An Interview with Composer Philip Glass (1991) ; The Beastie Boys, Bodhisattva Vow (1994) ; Children Respond to "The Little Buddha" (1994) ; Phil Jackson, If You meet the Buddha in the Lane, Feed Him the Ball (1995) ; Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife (1991) ; 19. Inter-Religious Dialogue ; Thomas Merton, Letter from Asia (1968) ; Masao Ave and John Cobb, Buddhist-Christian Dialogue (1981) ; Rodger Kamenetz, The Jew in the Lotus (1994) ; The Parliament of the World's Religions Centennial (1993) ; Walter Martin, The Kingdom of the Cults (1985) ; 20. Mapping Legal Boundaries: Religion and State ; Justin William Douglas, Asian Religions According to the Supreme Court (1965) ; U. S. Supreme Court, Even Buddhist Prisoners Have Rights (1972) ; Chief Justice William Rehnquist, The Krishna Religion (1992) ; Sikj Kirpans in the Schools (1994) ; A Vietnamese Home Temple Zoning Dispute (1996) ; Chronology ; Further Reading ; Indexshow more

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