Practice and Community at Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery

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520 |a Buddhist practice in the United States has grown and developed immensely since it’s first introduction a hundred and thirty years ago. Previously practiced only by Asian immigrants for whom Buddhism was part of their home culture, the tradition is now practiced by millions of Americans of many cultures, and has developed into it’s own distinct Western form. Using a synthesis of Bourdieu and Wenger’s theories regarding practice and cultural reproduction, this paper analyzes one Buddhist center, Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery, located in Morrison, Colorado. Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery offers a unique point of study in that it is divided into two distinct communities that practice differently, yet side by side. A close examination and comparison of practice in these communities offers insight into the myriad forms of Buddhism present in the United States, and illuminates the diversity of people who seek spiritual guidance from this ancient tradition.
500 |aThe author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.
500 |aColorado College Honor Code upheld.
500 |aSenior Thesis -- Colorado College
500 |aBachelor of Arts
500 |abachelor
500 |aIncludes bibliographical references.
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540 |aCopyright restrictions apply.
300 |a45 pages : illustrations
100 1 |aHorner, Fiona Skye|ecreator
700 1 |aMontano, Mario|ethesis advisor
700 1 |a|ethesis advisor
710 2 |aAnthropology|esponsor
710 2 |aColorado College|edegree grantor
650 1 |aBuddhism
650 1 |acultural reproduction
650 1 |asocial learning
650 1 |aWenger
650 1 |aBourdieu
650 1 |acommunity of practice
245 10|aPractice and Community at Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery
046 |k2015-05
260 |bColorado College|c2015-05|g2015-05
856 |uhttp://hdl.handle.net/10176/coccc:11225