How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America
A lot has happened in American Buddhism since 1992, but this remains among the most engaging accounts of the fascinating figures and trends behind the introduction of Buddhism to America.
- period-by-period narrative of the history of Buddhism in America
- discusses major developments in Buddhist tradition and early Buddhist contacts with the west
- describes the beginnings of European Orientalism, the Chinese and Japanese immigration
- presents the transmission of Zen and Tibetan Vajrayāna to America
Fields, Rick. How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America (Boston: Shambhala, 1992).