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

From: Andrew Hunt (
Date: Thu Jul 19 2001 - 16:35:44 EDT

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    Hi Sharon,

     Over the past few years, there have been some wonderful articles
    in Shambhala Sun about the efforts of Buddhist brothers and sisters
    such as Chogyam Trungpa, Pema Chodron, and D.T. Suzuki to bring
    Buddhist teachings to the United States, and their efforts through
    institutions such as the Naropa Institute in Boulder to reach out
    to the American public. Some of these articles have also touched
    on the composition of membership. You will also be able to find
    some useful information in Tricycle, particularly a recent article
    a few issues back on African-Americans and the dharma. The author
    was an African-American man reflecting on his experiences, but he
    also discussed the efforts of Buddhists to reach out to the
    African-American community, and mentioned some of Buddhism's more
    famous African-American adherents or sympathizers (most notably,
    Alice Walker). This would be a good starting point. There are
    also numerous books that contain reflections by Western dharma
    teachers on Buddhism in North America. I know that Lama Surya
    Das, a Westerner, has written at length about his efforts to
    bring Dzogchen teachings to North America (interestingly, his
    real name is Jeffrey Miller, and he was deeply sympathetic to
    the antiwar movement, but he was obviously not the Jeffrey
    Miller who was killed at Kent State). A good place to start
    would be the Shambhala Sun page (,
    which has a lot of great links, including some to Shambhala
    Books (which has published books on Buddhism in the West); and
    the Tricycle page ( Sadly, one of the
    best Buddhist web sites, Buddhanet (http:/ is
    down, and I don't have a new address. But good luck in your

    Kindest regards,

    Andrew Hunt

    Andrew E. Hunt
    Associate Professor
    Department of History
    University of Waterloo
    Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
    519.888.4567, ex.2767
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