An Unwalked Path: The Future of Buddhism in Los Angeles
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This project focuses on the changes and adaptations of Buddhist Temples and Centers in Los Angeles, and how these are affecting the future of American Buddhism. The project details the ways in which Buddhist organizations adapt to western culture, often including changes and loss of tradition in order to accommodate a very different society.This project also overviews the very different perspectives amongst Buddhists on the extent to which Buddhism should change. One of the most common adaptations seen in America is the blending of different variations of Buddhism, as well as blending Buddhism with other religions. This is creating new and more pluralistic forms of Buddhism in America. As Los Angeles has one of the highest concentrations of Buddhist organizations in the United States, with a wide range of traditions represented, it is one of the prime places for the blending and changing of the Buddhist religion. This project will show how, though there are still many different forms of Buddhism in Los Angeles, the adaptations and pluralistic merging are creating new and distinctly American forms of Buddhism.