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Jewels: An Introduction to American Buddhism for Youth, Scouts and the Young at Heart, introduces Buddhism to youth and young and other interested adults to Buddhism in America today. The book is dedicated
To Buddhist youth and young adults on whose shoulders the future of American Buddhism rests
Tanaka Sensei identifies both the outer jewels and the inner jewels of the title, drawing from the Flower Garland Sutra and the Lotus Sutra. As outer jewels, we are all unique and valuable individual jewels linked with all other individuals in Indra's Net. .Inner jewels are the precious treasure of mental and spiritual happiness Buddhists can develop.
From History and Tradition to Buddhism Today
The book identifies the historical legacy of Buddhism, outlines basic teachings and practices, and concludes with practice in daily life.
The author provides special attention to the needs of the Scouts of America, first because the National Buddhist Committee on Scouting had initially asked him to write an appropriate introduction to Buddhism, and second out of the author's own gratitude for his own scouting experience.
Unique Aspects of American Buddhism
Readers will see the unique aspects of American Buddhism celebrated, aspects identified as equality, practice-focused, scientific, socially engaged, emphasis on the here and now, and humor.
Table of Contents
Part One: Legacy
1. Buddhism in America 9
2. Life of the Buddha 34
3. Brief History of Buddhism in Asia 52
4. Brief History of Buddhism in America 73
Part Two: Basic Teachings and Practices with Humor and Light-hearted Stories
5. Four Noble Truths 87
6. Karma and the Eightfold Noble Path 104
7. Four Marks of Life 125
8. Popular Passages, Metaphors, and Stories 136
Part Three: In Daily Life
9. Issues and Problems in Daily Life 159
10. Questions Often Asked about Buddhism 180
11. Humor as a Way to Learn and Share Buddhism 190
Appendix I: Important Dates in Buddhism and Christianity 219
Appendix II: Buddhists in the World 223
Appendix III: Various Buddhist Traditions in the United States 225
Appendix IV: Relating to Other Religions 231
Appendix V: Buddhist Holidays 235
Appendix VI: Buddhist Scouting in America 237