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A Cross Fertilization Of Identities

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003992/00001

Material Information

Title: A Cross Fertilization Of Identities The Meeting of Jews and Buddhism in America
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Praff, Benjamin
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Judaism
Buddhism
America
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis addresses the phenomenon of Jews practicing Buddhism in America. I was curious about this phenomenon for personal reasons, in addition to wanting to see what light this topic could shed on others. I found that the occurrence of Jews practicing Buddhism in America illuminated two areas: American Jewish Identity and American Buddhist Identity. In order to attend to the former topic, I read a considerable amount of background material on American Jewish Identity. In order to research the latter topic, I did a survey of the literature on American Buddhism. I also examined nearly all of the available literature on Jews practicing Buddhism, which pertained to both American Jewish Identity and American Buddhist Identity. Studying American Jewish Buddhists, revealed a deep formlessness at the heart of American Jewish Identity. This thesis examines the various ways that this formlessness manifests in the behavior of American Jewish Buddhists, and also reveals how Jewish Identity has always been somewhat nebulous. Studying American Jewish Buddhists also disclosed the way in which American Buddhists, in general, view Buddhism as superior to Western Religions such as Judaism. This thesis enumerates the aspects of Buddhism that Americans champion and lists them side by side with the supposedly inferior attributes of Judaism.
Statement of Responsibility: by Benjamin Praff
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Newman, John

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 P8
System ID: NCFE003992:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003992/00001

Material Information

Title: A Cross Fertilization Of Identities The Meeting of Jews and Buddhism in America
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Praff, Benjamin
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Judaism
Buddhism
America
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis addresses the phenomenon of Jews practicing Buddhism in America. I was curious about this phenomenon for personal reasons, in addition to wanting to see what light this topic could shed on others. I found that the occurrence of Jews practicing Buddhism in America illuminated two areas: American Jewish Identity and American Buddhist Identity. In order to attend to the former topic, I read a considerable amount of background material on American Jewish Identity. In order to research the latter topic, I did a survey of the literature on American Buddhism. I also examined nearly all of the available literature on Jews practicing Buddhism, which pertained to both American Jewish Identity and American Buddhist Identity. Studying American Jewish Buddhists, revealed a deep formlessness at the heart of American Jewish Identity. This thesis examines the various ways that this formlessness manifests in the behavior of American Jewish Buddhists, and also reveals how Jewish Identity has always been somewhat nebulous. Studying American Jewish Buddhists also disclosed the way in which American Buddhists, in general, view Buddhism as superior to Western Religions such as Judaism. This thesis enumerates the aspects of Buddhism that Americans champion and lists them side by side with the supposedly inferior attributes of Judaism.
Statement of Responsibility: by Benjamin Praff
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Newman, John

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 P8
System ID: NCFE003992:00001

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