From Monkey Mind "... some ten to fifteen percent of UUs, something in the neighborhood of
twenty to thirty thousand people, self-identify as Buddhist, or, at
least, significantly influenced by Buddhism. One could argue with some
truth that the Unitarian Universalist Association is among the largest
of convert Buddhist organizations in the West. And yet this is barely
noticed by those who write about Buddhism come west.
So, this book is a welcome and rather overdue addition to the literature of the Dharma come west.
There are deeply moving articles, confessional and reflective. The range of the articles is reflective of the range of Buddhist
thinking and practice among Unitarian Universalists. I felt particular
connections to the articles by Catherine Senghas, Alex Holt, Kat Lieu,
& Thandeka. But, the most important contribution, I feel, is from Jeff Wilson.
Jeff is a birthright UU, and continues to attend UU worship services. He
is also an academic specializing in Buddhism. And, he is an ordained
Shin Buddhist priest.
His “A Brief History of Unitarian Universalist Buddhism” examines the
meeting, the challenge, and the mutual transformation of Japanese
Buddhism and American liberal religion. I hope this article will be
expanded into a book length study. It is very important..." Full article