Re: [sixties-l] The 60s and growth of Buddhism in the West

Date: Thu Jul 19 2001 - 00:52:42 EDT

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    To Black Americans, religion is Christianity. They've got Christ; they
    don't need Buddha.
                                    William Mandel

    Sharon Smith wrote:
    > Dear Friends,
    > I am researching the growth of Buddhism in the West and am looking at
    > the reasons why the majority of those taking up Buddhism have been white
    > and middle class with only a minority of people of colour (in particular
    > black people) getting involved. As one key growth point of Buddhism was
    > during the 1960s, I would be interested to know any reasons why it was
    > mainly white middle class people that got involved in Buddhism at that
    > time, and why so few black people/people of colour developed an
    > interest. I would also be grateful to know about any books/articles or
    > other resources you may know of that discuss these and related issues.
    > I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your
    > help.
    > With best wishes,
    > --
    > Sharon Smith

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