Critics Say New Buddhism in America Corrupts Ancient Religion

March 10, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On March 10, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on James William Coleman's book The New Buddhism: The Western Transformation of an Ancient Tradition about American-born converts to Buddhism. "Most are baby boomers, almost all are white and all practice meditation" and are trying "to make Buddhism more egalitarian, more feminist and more socially conscious...Recently critics have suggested that the 'new Buddhism' is subverting Buddhism itself...Americans seem intent on co-opting and commercializing it, dissolving a religion deeply suspicious of the self into an engine of self-absorption."