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Creating a Buddhist Community: A Thai Temple in Silicon Valley
by Jiemin Bao
Temple University Press, 2015
eISBN: 978-1-4399-0956-0 | Cloth: 978-1-4399-0954-6 | Paper: 978-1-4399-0955-3
Library of Congress Classification BQ6377.S382W383 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 294.3650979473

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Wat Thai Buddhist Temple in Silicon Valley was founded in 1983 by a group of predominantly middle-class men and women with different ethnic and racial identities. The temple, which functions as a religious, social, economic, educational, and cultural hub, has become a place for the community members to engage in spiritual and cultural practices.
 
In Creating a Buddhist Community, Jiemin Bao shows how the Wat Thai participants practice Buddhism and rework gender relationships in the course of organizing temple space, teaching meditation, schooling children in Thai language and culture, merit making, fundraising, and celebrating festivals.
 
Bao’s detailed account of the process of creating an inclusive temple community with Thai immigrants as the majority helps to deconstruct the exoticized view of Buddhism in American culture. Creating a Buddhist Community also explores Wat Thai’s identification with both the United States and Thailand and how this transnational perspective reimagines and reterritorializes what is called American Buddhism.
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