Spiny Norman wrote:
Ben wrote:Do you think that is because it is just the Buddhism that you have been exposed to is mainly a white, middle-class interest? My comment above is that the vast majority of western Buddhists are in fact Asian - and living in Asia.
I assumed we were talking about Buddhists in western countries
like Europe and North America. I can only really speak about the UK from first-hand experience.
The history of Buddhism since the colonisation of South and southeast Asian countries in the 18th Century is fascinating. Buddhism was, and continues to be transformed by contact with the west.
If you are interested, a couple of books that I can recommend:
Eric Braun's Birth of Insight: Burmese Buddhism, Modernism and the Burmese monk Ledi Sayadaw, and
David McMahan's The Making of Buddhist Modernism.
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