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Buddhisms: Lived and Portrayed Traditions

Buddhisms: Lived and Portrayed Traditions

By David G. McAfee


            Within the United States of America, Buddhism is a commonly misunderstood or misinterpreted religious tradition. The American media’s portrayal of Buddhism is one way to account for incongruities between how the tradition is understood and how it is actually practiced, but there are many others. Scientists who practice Buddhism or support it have long been attempting to portray a seamless transition between modern scientific discoveries and Buddhist doctrine in which Buddhism not only confirms these discoveries but also allows for further investigation and research.[1] The American misconceptions of Buddhism as a superiorly peaceful, exotic, and pure philosophical viewpoint are easily diminished upon further research of Buddhist doctrine and background as overwhelming evidence that contradicts these fantasized and romanticized views is commonly unveiled upon elaboration on historical and current events. Popular culture has morphed Buddhist principles to western ideals including, but not limited to, areas ranging from Buddhist practices involving race, science, and warfare. Continue reading