American Buddhist Movement

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The American Buddhist Movement, also known as the Association of American Buddhists, is a group which promotes Buddhism through publications, ordination of monks, and classes.

It was organized in 1980 by American practitioners of Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana Buddhism. It does not espouse any particular school or schools of Buddhism. It respects all Buddhist traditions as equal, and encourages unity of Buddhism in thought and practice. It states that a different, American, form of Buddhism is possible, and that the cultural forms attached to the older schools of Buddhism need not necessarily be followed by westerners.

Membership in the organization is open to all, and it has been estimated to have 2000 members in 1998.


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