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Wild Geese: Buddhism in Canada [Hardcover]

John S. Harding , Victor Sogen Hori , Alexander Soucy
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March 29 2010
The most comprehensive study of Buddhism in Canada to date, Wild Geese offers a history of the religion's evolution in Canada, surveys the diverse communities and beliefs of Canadian Buddhists, and presents biographies of Buddhist leaders. The essays cover a broad range of topics, including Chinese, Tibetan, Lao, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese Buddhisms, critical reflections on Buddhism in the West, census data on the growth of the religion, and analysis of the global context for the growth of Buddhism in Canada. Presenting a sweeping portrait of a crucial part of the multicultural mosaic, Wild Geese is essential reading for anyone interested in religious life in Canada.

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"This very welcome study of Buddhism in Canada fills a gap in current scholarship and brings some order to an unsystematic field of current research." CHOICE


"Wild Geese has an abundance of information that has been unavailable until now. The volume is provocative. It asks questions that are both stimulating and critical and the answers provided will immensely impact the currently emerging inquiries about Buddhism in Canada. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Buddhism. It is a deep breath in, and a deep breath out." Charles Prebish, Redd Chair in Religious Studies, Utah State University


"Wild Geese critically deconstructs the concepts presently applied to Buddhism in the West and builds a foundation for further study. The anthology ties the culture of Buddhism in Canada to the international evolution of Buddhism. As a sweeping ... analysis of the Buddhist institutions in Canada, and a call to elucidate issues standing in the way of further research, it is a fine start to a burgeoning field of study." Montreal Review of Books

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John S. Harding is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Lethbridge. Victor Sogen Hori is an associate professor in the Department of Japanese Religions at McGill University and a former Rinzai monk. Alexander Soucy is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Saint Mary's University.

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This is a well-written and edited contribution to academic studies on Buddhism in Canada, or more widely on Buddhism in the so-called 'West'. The articles, many of which were written by the foremost experts in the field, are as expected of high quality yet accessible.
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