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Buddhism: Part of the American Cultural Landscape

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Of all the world's religions, Buddhism is one of the most mysterious and most intriguing to many Americans.

The books The Dharma Bums, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and even If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!, are all examples of how Buddhist concepts are part of the American cultural landscape.

It will probably come as a surprise to those who have lived in the Christian and Jewish traditions, to learn that Buddhism is America's third largest religion and also its fastest growing one.

That is due in part to our country's ever-changing demographics.

But it is also the result of curiosity and the need to find personal fulfillment, even when that means looking beyond the traditional and the stereotypical notions of Americana.

Today's guest is the Venerable Reverend Sutadhara Tapovanaye, the Director of the An Lac Mission's Ventura Buddhist Study Center in Ventura.

It is a place filled with symbols of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Shakyamuni or simply, The Buddha, the awakened or the enlightened one.

 

The Ventura Buddist Study Center's website is at venturabuddhistcenter.org.

The center is located at 901 South Saticoy Avenue in Ventura.

The center has another temple, the Chan Khong Monastery, located at 20372 Devonshirte Street in Chatsworth.

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