Jack Kerouac and the Beat sect of American Zen Buddhism

Jenkins, Barry S. (1997) Jack Kerouac and the Beat sect of American Zen Buddhism. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Beat Zen is considered by many scholars to be a corruption of Zen Buddhism. If Beat Zen is examined as a model of the Americanization of Zen, comparable to the Sinicizing of Buddhism during the Han Dynasty described by Zurcher, Ch'en, and Wright, Beat Zen can be a useful tool to determine how Zen Buddhism is changing as it is being received into American society. Just as Han Dynasty Buddhism developed according to the Chinese national character so the Beat Generation altered the practice of Zen Buddhism and developed the authority to make these changes in the same manner.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1215
Item ID: 1215
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves [118]-127.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Religious Studies
Date: 1997
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: United States
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969--Knowledge--Zen Buddhism; Zen Buddhism--United States; Beat generation

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