Mindful America

Author: Jeff Wilson
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019938357X
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Thirty years ago, "mindfulness" was a Buddhist principle mostly obscure to the west. Today, it is a popular cure-all for Americans' daily problems. A massive and lucrative industry promotes mindfulness in every aspect of life, however mundane or unlikely: Americans of various faiths (or none at all) practice mindful eating, mindful sex, mindful parenting, mindfulness in the office, mindful sports, mindfulness-based stress relief and addiction recovery, and hire mindful divorce lawyers. Mindfulness is touted by members of Congress, CEOs, and Silicon Valley tech gurus, and is even being taught in public schools, hospitals, and the military. Focusing on such processes as the marketing, medicalization, and professionalization of meditation, Jeff Wilson reveals how Buddhism shed its countercultural image and was assimilated into mainstream American culture. The rise of mindfulness in America, Wilson argues, is a perfect example of how Buddhism enters new cultures and is domesticated: in each case, the new cultures take from Buddhism what they believe will relieve their specific distresses and concerns, and in the process create new forms of Buddhism adapted to their needs. Wilson also tackles the economics of the mindfulness movement, examining commercial programs, therapeutic services, and products such as books, films, CDs, and even smartphone applications. Mindful America is the first in-depth study of this phenomenon--invaluable for understanding how mindfulness came to be applied to such a vast array of non-religious concerns and how it can be reconciled with traditional Buddhism in America.

The Oxford Handbook Of The Bible And American Popular Culture

Author: Dan W. Clanton, Jr.
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190461411
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"The study of the reciprocal relationship between the Bible and popular culture has blossomed in the past few decades, and the time seems ripe for a broadly-conceived work that assesses the current state of the field, offers examples of work in that field, and suggests directions for further study. This Handbook includes a wide range of topics organized under several broad themes, including biblical characters and themes in popular culture; the Bible in popular cultural genres; "lived" examples; and a concluding section in which we take stock of methodologies like Reception History and the impact of the field on teaching and publishing. These topics are all addressed by focusing on specific examples from film, television, comics, music, literature, video games, science fiction, material culture, museums, and theme parks, to name a few. This book represents a major contribution to the field by some of its leading practitioners, and will be a key resource for the future development of the study of Bible and American popular culture"--

High On God

Author: James Wellman
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199827710
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"God is like a drug, a high, [I] can't wait for the next hit." This direct quote from a megachurch member speaking about his experience of God might be dismissed as some sort of spiritually-induced drug riff. However, according to the research in this book, it was not only sincere, but a deeply felt, and sought-after sensibility. Megachurch attendees desire this first-hand experience of God, and many report finding it in their congregations. The book focuses on the emotional, social and religious dynamics that pull thousands of people into megachurches and how those churches make some feel like they are "high on God" and can't wait to get their next spiritual "hit." High on God gives the first robust and plausible explanation for why megachurches have conquered the churchgoing market of America. Without condescension or exaggeration, the authors show the genius of megachurches: the power of charisma, the design of facilities, the training of leaders, the emotional dynamics, and the strategies that bring people together and lead them to serve and help others. Using Emile Durkheim's concept of homo duplex, the authors plot the strategies that megachurches employ to satisfy the core human craving for personal meaning and social integration, as well as personal identity and communal solidarity. The authors also show how these churches can go wrong, sometimes tragically so. But they argue that, for the most part, megachurches help their attendees find themselves through bonding with and serving others.

The American Ecclesiastical Review

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The Complete Guide To Buddhist America

Author: Don Morreale
Editor: Random House Incorporated
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Lists more than one thousand Buddhist centers and retreats in the U.S. and Canada, and describes the philosophy and facilities at each institution

Michigan Business Review

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Mindful Of Famine

Author: Johannes Wilbert
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Comprising nearly 30,000 individuals, the Warao of the Orinoco Delta in northeastern Venezuela are one of the largest contemporary Indian societies of Amazonia. Survival under the extreme ecological conditions of the deltaic marshland, however, demands of its occupants exceptional adaptive agility and an affirmative disposition toward acculturative change. In Mindful of Famine, Johannes Wilbert presents the Warao's response to the climatological challenge of their homeland, deftly weaving the strands of geographic, atmospheric, biological, and cultural lore and learning into a rich tapestry of environmental wisdom.

Proceedings Of The Convention Of The United Mine Workers Of America

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Buddhism In America

Author: Richard Hughes Seager
Editor: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231504373
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Over the past half century in America, Buddhism has grown from a transplanted philosophy to a full-fledged religious movement, rich in its own practices, leaders, adherents, and institutions. Long favored as an essential guide to this history, Buddhism in America covers the three major groups that shape the tradition—an emerging Asian immigrant population, native-born converts, and old-line Asian American Buddhists—and their distinct, yet spiritually connected efforts to remake Buddhism in a Western context. This edition updates existing text and adds three new essays on contemporary developments in American Buddhism, particularly the aging of the baby boom population and its effect on American Buddhism's modern character. New material includes revised information on the full range of communities profiled in the first edition; an added study of a second generation of young, Euro-American leaders and teachers; an accessible look at the increasing importance of meditation and neurobiological research; and a provocative consideration of the mindfulness movement in American culture. The volume maintains its detailed account of South and East Asian influences on American Buddhist practices, as well as instances of interreligious dialogue, socially activist Buddhism, and complex gender roles within the community. Introductory chapters describe Buddhism's arrival in America with the nineteenth-century transcendentalists and rapid spread with the Beat poets of the 1950s. The volume now concludes with a frank assessment of the challenges and prospects of American Buddhism in the twenty-first century.

History Today

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Super Imperialism New Edition

Author: Michael Hudson
Editor: Pluto Press (UK)
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"Describes the genesis of America's political and financial domination." - cover.

The Middle East

Author: Janelle Rohr
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Pros and cons are explored in issues involving Palestinians, Islamic fundamentalism, and U.S. involvement in the Middle East.

The Mindful Worker

Author: Curtis Miles
Editor: H & H Publishing Company
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The Mindful Worker textbook is designed to serve as a catalyst for actual changes in students' behavior as they encounter, ponder, wrestle with, and internalize information and insights about seventeen broad competencies which will be keys to success in the 21st century workplace.

The Annals Of America 1916 1928 World War And Prosperity

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Tv Guide

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America Through The Essay

Author: A. Theodore Johnson
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The Literature Of America

Author: Arthur Hobson Quinn
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America And The Story Of The Prophets

Author: Mary Mauger Markley
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Buddhism In America

Author: Al Rapaport
Editor: Tuttle Pub
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Presents excerpts and synopses of the keynote presentations, Dharma talks, and workshops from the three day conference held in Boston in January 1997 on the current practice of Buddhism in the United States.

Minutes Of The General Assembly Of The United Presbyterian Church In The United States Of America

Author: United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. General Assembly
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Vols. for 1958 contain Minutes of the 100th General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church of North America, the 170th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., and the 170th General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A., the reports of the boards of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. and the United Presbyterian Church of North America, and statistics of the two latter bodies.