Look for Small Changes

The Buddha

There is a tendency in the United States to conflate all Buddhism with Zen. I have to wonder if this is not partly a result of the sudden, close contact many in the United States had with Japanese culture as the result of the occupation of that country, where Zen predominates, after World War II. Before World War II, few people in the U.S. knew anything about the Buddhist path at all, so when they learned about it in Japan, they learned about Zen.

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