The Temple’s Paradox: Maintaining Cultural Traditions in the Discourse of Modernization and Democratization

@inproceedings{Zhang2019TheTP,
  title={The Temple’s Paradox: Maintaining Cultural Traditions in the Discourse of Modernization and Democratization},
  author={F. Zhang},
  year={2019}
}
Maintaining cultural traditions has always been an issue for many Buddhist temples in the United States. Like the comment cited above from abbot R, a common assumption about a Buddhist temple is that it is always run by an Asian or at least by Asian Americans, since they represent the authenticity, the exotic, and the unknown myth from the other side of the earth. This assumption might be true within the first few decades after Buddhism was introduced to the U.S. by the Chinese and Japanese… Expand