“The Buddhist community is going to shrink considerably, but the traditions that have taken root in America will not die with the baby boomers.”
So says Sumi Loundon Kim, author/editor of two acclaimed Wisdom books about the next generations of Western Buddhism, in a discussion about the subject in the new issue of Buddhadharma. She is joined by Zen teacher Norman Fischer, theworsthorse.net editor Rod Meade Sperry, and student Iris Brilliant.
For more of Sumi’s thoughts on the Dharma’s future, you’ll want to read the article, and especially Sumi’s books, Blue Jean Buddha and The Buddha’s Apprentices, which feature her own thoughts along with the first-hand recollections of younger practitioners and established figures like Lama Surya Das and Bhante G.
Another discussion relevant to Buddhism’s future is also featured in the same issue of Buddhadharma: “Can Buddhism Save the Planet?” In the article, David R. Loy (author of Money, Sex, War, Karma and more) and Jon Stanley call for an international gathering of Buddhist leaders to address our ecological crisis — before it’s too late. You can read an excerpt here.