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Complete Guide to Buddhist America Paperback – March 10, 1998
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You're visiting New York and you'd like to sit with a local meditation group? No problem. New to Saskatoon and looking for Buddhist companions? No problem. Searching for a retreat center as far away as you can get from home? No problem. Just crack open The Complete Guide to Buddhist America and you're halfway to your destination. Don Morreale has managed to compile a database of over a thousand Buddhist meditation centers throughout the United States and Canada, including for each a capsule description, address, phone, e- mail, lineage, spiritual head, date established, facilities, publications, meditation program, and retreats offered. And it is more than just a yellow pages of American Buddhism. Morreale has gathered together numerous essays by masters and by regular practitioners to get their take on this specific Zen center or that particular sangha. In fact, these pieces are so full of personal insight that they are worth the price of the book, themselves. Add on the half- page summaries of organizations like DharmaNet International, Zen Hospice Project, and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and you've got a priceless encyclopedia of American Zen. --Brian Bruya
From Library Journal
According to Morreale, who has studied in Zen, Tibetan, and Theravadan traditions, there are over 1000 Buddhist meditation centers in America. This very clear presentation of a complex mass of material gives names, addresses, and short descriptions of every sort of dharma center operating in America at the time it was written. The profiles of centers, biographical sketches, and commentary by American teachers and students interspersed throughout make it a lasting resource. (LJ 5/15/98)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Buddhist centers/groups are listed according to type (Theravada, etc.), and includes all the essential information for each, such as contact information and programs offered.
There is also an appendix listing the centers by location (alphabetically by state and locality), and another listing them alphabetically by name.
Many illustrations of centers and spiritual heads also add to the appeal and usefulness of this excellent book.