Budding Lotus in the West: Buddhism from an Immigrant's Feminist Perspective

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Budding Lotus in the West: Buddhism from an Immigrant's Feminist Perspective

By Nhi Yến Đỗ Trần

With her unique Vietnamese American feminist perspective, debut author Nhi Yen Do Tran critically addresses gender equality, ethical dilemmas, and modern interpretations of Buddhist teachings. Tran explores the complexity of Buddhism and its interplay with modern issues like gun rights, gender equality, love, and sensuality.


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Book Information

Publisher: Broadleaf Books
Publish Date: 09/24/2024
Pages: 266
ISBN-13: 9781506495149
ISBN-10: 1506495141
Language: English

Full Description

A thought-provoking and critical exploration of Buddhism's adaptation in America from Vietnamese immigrant and debut author Nhi Yến Đỗ Trần.

Born into a family legacy of Buddhist spirituality in Việt Nam, Trần immigrated to the US at age ten. Budding Lotus in the West follows her journey and unveils the complexities of how Buddhist teachings are used in America. With raw authenticity, Trần shares personal anecdotes, weaving together the mosaic of her own experiences with Buddhism, and provides readers with a fundamental understanding of key Buddhist concepts and traditions. Trần examines the interplay between ancient wisdom and contemporary challenges, inviting spiritual seekers and curious minds to engage critically with Buddhism in a way that resonates with contemporary life.

For example, what would the Buddha say about abortion, gun, and LGBTQIA+ rights? Or about prejudice, discrimination, and gender equality? How can practitioners more skillfully navigate romance in the sangha community? Whether you are a longtime Buddhist practitioner or just beginning to explore the religion, Budding Lotus in the West offers a critical examination, providing wisdom, inspiration, and a path toward a more balanced and inclusive understanding of Buddhism in the modern world.

About the Author

Nhi Yến Đỗ Trần immigrated with her family from Việt Nam to the United States at age ten through the Humanitarian Operation Program. Now residing in Seattle, she cofounded Cherry Blossom Sangha, a mindfulness community dedicated to fostering inner serenity, mutual understanding, and universal compassion.

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