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Unformatted text preview: teachings. The authors find that most Americans come into contact with Buddhism through their workplaces and travel, and by the "cultural capital" accrued from higher education. Contacts facilitated or inhibited by the kind of religious community in which one participates had little to do with the level of contact with Buddhists. Contact with converts rather than with those born Buddhist proved to be the most influential. Evangelical and mainline Protestants, Catholics and Jews were all less likely to be influenced by Buddhism than were people with no religious preference. But Buddhist influence has also been dispersed through non-Buddhist institutions, such as mainline congregations offering meditation seminars and the New Age movement. (Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 350 Main St., Malden, MA 02148)...
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2011 for the course UGS 302 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.
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