My name is Quentin McDowell. I am a student at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I am a religion major and am currently enrolled in a number of religion courses, including Buddhism East to West. This class explores the ideas behind Buddhism, but more importantly, Buddhism's movement into Western culture. The course tracks the influences of Buddhism on the American culture, as well as American culture on Buddhism. The course description, as taken from the Muhlenberg College Catalog 2001-2002, is as follows:
From its origins in India to its development throughout East and Southeast Asia, Buddhism has prospered in a wide variety of cultures and environments. Beginning with a brief overview of the transmission of Buddhism throughout Asia, the course will then explore various facets of Buddhism in America today--teachers, texts, poetry, philosophy, art, organizations, and practices. We will also consider ways in which America is changing Buddhism, particularly the powerful role American women have assumed, not only in America, but also throughout the Buddhist world.
This site was made as a class project with the hope of publishing a site that provided reliable and interesting material to those interested in acquiring knowledge about Buddhism within America. I hope that you enjoy the site. Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the content. Thank you for your interest.