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What Is Buddhism, and What Is Buddhism in the Insight Meditation Community (IMC)?

  • Pamela Ayo Yetunde
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Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)

Abstract

Buddhism is one of the largest religions in the world, but many people, including Buddhist practitioners, do not understand the psychological impact Buddhist practices have on their ego structures, internal object relations, and external object relationships. Buddhism in the Insight Meditation tradition includes teachings in the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and the Brahma Viharas and is also practiced by women who are African American and same-sex loving. The women in this study bring an African-American norm of interdependence to their understanding of self and no self, contributing to their “remarkable relational resilience” in patriarchal, racial, homophobic, and Christian supremist cultural contexts.

Keywords

Buddhism Insight Meditation The Noble Eightfold Path The Four Noble Truths The Brahma Viharas 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela Ayo Yetunde
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  1. 1.United Theological Seminary of the Twin CitiesNew BrightonUSA

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