Western Buddhism and Cultural Appropriation

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Western Buddhism and Cultural Appropriation

Postby plwk » Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:14 am

“No please white American dude tell me again what Buddhism is. He knows white Buddhism, he’s culturally appropriation, he makes money off defining a culture that does not belong to him – which he tried due to his many failed business ventures and bands – and I have no problem with his identifying as Buddhist but with any white American defining Buddhism when that culture doesn’t belong to them.”
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Re: Western Buddhism and Cultural Appropriation

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:50 pm

Nice, balanced response from that blog writer (the response, blog section, not the above quote).

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Re: Western Buddhism and Cultural Appropriation

Postby Wayfarer » Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:19 am

That blog is by Barbara O'Brien, who hosts the about.buddhism site. Terrific writer, perceptive, fair-minded,very learned. I often refer folks to her articles. Look forward to reading the Brad Warner piece also.

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