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Buddhadharma : Spring 2010
Buddhism’s New pioneers by Norman Fischer It’s possible that most Western Buddhists are “unaffiliated.” That is, they practice alone or in small informal groups not listed in the phone book or on the web. There is therefore no record, no official trace, of their activity. They practice off the books. If you’re unaffiliated, maybe you became interested in Buddhism through reading, or in school, or maybe you met a Buddhist practitioner whose approach to life intrigued you. Perhaps you traveled in Asia. Chances are you are unaffiliated because you can’t find a Buddhist center nearby. But I suspect that many unaffiliated practitioners do live near Buddhist centers but don’t want to go to them because they don’t like “organized religion.” This may be due to a bad experience in the past, perhaps in childhood, or because of a strongly held opinion that organized religion is always bad, on principle. According to this essentially romantic view (that many affiliated Buddhists share ), “organized religion,” meaning all identifiable religion, is—or should be—an oxymoron. That’s because real religion, according to this view, is essentially per- sonal and dynamic, and is killed off by all attempts to organize it into doctrine and institution. Religion as we know it kills religion. So it is better to rebel against religion, for the sake of religion. Notice that on both counts—whether one is unable or unwilling to “join”—the assumption is the same: that Buddhism is confined to Buddhist centers. But suppose this isn’t true, or at least not entirely true. What if Buddhism— Buddhism that is as Buddhist as any Buddhism—can also be found outside conventional Buddhist institutions? 33 SpRiNG 2 01 0 BUddhadharMa: the PraCtItIoner’s qUarterly