don’t judge a person by their looks, judge them by their opinion on sansa stark
Who taught me to suck in my stomach,
or my cheeks?
Who told me to stand with my legs apart
and my hips thrust back
to create the illusion of a gap
between my thighs?
Who made me believe that the most beautiful part of me
is my negative space?
Americanized Buddhism is, as per obvious based on it’s name, the form of Buddhism that came to America. It first came here in the late 1800’s, to my knowledge, and really took off in the 1960’s.
When it did, Buddhism kind of morphed in order to fit the role that America wanted it too. It took on a lot of the things that America deemed was important to them. That is, environmentalism, human rights, etc.
But it also lost some of the things that it had had before, in places like Sri Lanka, China, Japan, etc. It became a lot more about just doing the meditation in order to clear one’s mind and not worry so much about the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
What it lost is a bit of what Buddhism actually is. Sure, American Buddhists still may believe in karma, but the idea of samsara is a bit more iffy, and a lot of them don’t really focus on either the Buddha (or rather, they may only know him as just, the Buddha, and not really any of the story behind it) or any of the bodhisattvas, or the other Buddhas, etc.
There is no such thing as an ‘original Buddhism’ the closest we get is Theravada. But, Buddhism in it’s native lands is very distinct and often very separated in their beliefs. Theravada believes in only one Buddha, Mahayana believes in multiple. Things like that.
When Buddhism came to America, it became one big hodge podge where people picked what they wanted from each of the different traditions and practiced it that way. It’s an interesting movement. I don’t particularly agree with it, but… that’s just me.
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