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Alf Hiltebeitel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834661

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834661.001.0001

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Dharma for the Twenty-first Century

Dharma for the Twenty-first Century

(p.164) Chapter 11 Dharma for the Twenty-first Century

Alf Hiltebeitel

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter examines dharma in the twenty-first century. Lately, the United States has become familiar with dharma within a suggestive meaning-spectrum. Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums described the heyday of mid-twentieth-century America's bohemian sages or Ṛṣis. The TV situation comedy Dharma and Greg, now in reruns, is about a free-spirited woman in the person of Dharma with a husband as straight as Rāma or Manu. The television series Lost continues to depict the ominous dystopian “DHARMA (Department of Heuristics and Research on Material Applications) Initiative.” Lastly, The Dhamma Brothers documentary film now portrays the experiment of bringing Buddhist meditation sessions to prisoners in an Alabama Correctional Facility as a technique of introspection, inner peace, anger management, and harmony. The chapter also discusses dharma in narration, women's dharma, and dharma through the lenses of two religious traditions—Buddhism and Hinduism.

Keywords:   dharma, Dharma Bums, bohemian sages, Dharma and Greg, The Dhamma Brothers, Buddhist meditation, women's dharma, Buddhism, Hinduism

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