Tibetan and Zen Buddhism in Britain
Transplantation, Development and Adaptation
By David N Kay
Routledge – 2003 – 280 pages
This book analyses the transplantation, development and adaptation of the two largest Tibetan and Zen Buddhist organizations currently active on the British religious landscape: the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC). The key contributions of recent scholarship are evaluated and organised thematically to provide a framework for analysis, and the history and current landscape of contemporary Tibetan and Zen Buddhist practice in Britain are also mapped out. A number of patterns and processes identified elsewhere are exemplified, although certain assumptions made about the nature of 'British Buddhism' are subjected to critical scrutiny and challenged.
'It meets the strict criteria for a scholarly work while beiing also eminently readable.' - Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
'Kay's book is one of those rare non-fiction works that are difficult to put down.' - The Middle Way
David N. Kay has lectured and conducted doctoral research into the development and adaptation of Tibetan and Zen forms of Buddhism in Britain at St. Martin's College, Lancaster