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Title: Major Eastern Religions in Boston


1
Major Eastern Religions in Boston
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Jainism
  • Sikhism
  • Taoism

2
Introduction
  • As you have already presented your research on
    the major Eastern religions of the world
    according to the 4 C (Creed, Code, Cult, and
    Community), this presentation is designed to show
    you a brief history and current conditions of
    five of the major Eastern religions in the Boston
    Area.

3
General History
  • In the 1600s, religious diversity was
    unacceptable in the Puritan Commonwealth
  • Between 1659 and 1661, four Quakers were hung on
    Boston Common
  • In the 18th c. the Constitution and its Bill of
    Rights became the foundation of religious
    pluralism
  • In the 17th and 18th centuries, immigrants were
    mostly from England

4
history
  • By the 19th c. the new growing presence of
    Catholics and Jews from Eastern and Southern
    Europe challenged the Protestant tradition
  • During the 20th c. immigrants came from Asia,
    Africa, Latin America and the Middle East as well
    as from other European countries
  • Asian immigrants include Vietnamese, Cambodian,
    Chinese and Korean, both Buddhist and Christian.
    Among them, there are also South Asian immigrants
    - Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Sikh, Zoroasterian, and
    Christian.

5
Hinduism in Boston
  • Hinduism has had an impact on New England for
    over 100 years.
  • The history of relations between India and Boston
    probably began with the trading ships that sailed
    back and forth from Salem and Boston to India in
    the early 19th.

6
Hinduism
  • Hindu texts and ideas became a lively part of the
    intellectual life of New Englands most famous
    transcendentalists, Ralph Emerson and Henry David
    Thoreau.

7
Hinduism
  • In the late 1893, a Hindu reformer Swami
    Vivekananda arrived for a months stay before the
    opening of the World Parliament of Religions in
    Chicago and attracted a great deal of attention.

8
Hinduism
  • In the year following him, monks of the
    Ramakrishna order in India regularly followed his
    footsteps, such as Swami Saradananda, Swami
    Abhedananda, and Swami Paramananda.
  • During the 1960s and 1970s, new streams of Hindu
    religious life came to Boston, including gurus
    and swamis and the groups of seekers and
    followers they attracted.

9
Hinduism
  • One of the most durable groups was the
    International Society for Krishna Consciousness
    or ISKCON, known more popularly as Hare Krishna
    for its public chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare
    Rama! on Boston Common and in Harvard Square.

10
Hinduism
  • ISKON is founded in 1968 by the world-wide
    spiritual leader of the movement, A.C.
    Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Its New England
    main center is located in Boston (72 Comm Ave).
  • Phone 617-247-8611
  • Website iskconboston.org

11
Hinduism
  • The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society (which began in
    India around 1887) has been in Boston since 1909,
    although the present organization has only been
    in existence since 1941. It is located at 58
    Dearfield St., Boston.
  • Phone 617-536-5320
  • Websitevedantaofbosoton.org

12
Hinduism
  • The Ammachi Boston Area Satsang Group (ABASG) is
    established in Concord at 231 Elsinore St. since
    Ammachs first visit to Boston in 1987. Ammachi,
    also known as Mata Amritananda Mayi, is an
    international spiritual teacher from Kerala,
    India.
  • Phone 978-371-0942 Websitewww.ammachi. org

13
Hinduism
  • The first major Hindu Temple was constructed in
    New England in the Boston suburb of Ashland (117
    Waverly St).
  • Its consecration in May 1990 attracted thousands
    of Hindu around the country to Boston.

14
Hinduism
  • During the consecration, water from Ganges River
    was poured over the Temples towers along with
    waters from the Merrimac, the Mississippi, the
    Ohio, and the Colorado.
  • Inside the central sanctuary is the image of Sri
    Lakshmi, the auspicious goddess of wealth and
    blessings.

15
Hinduism
  • To the right of the sanctuary is a shrine housing
    the image of Vishnu, the transcendent Lord.

16
Hinduism
  • To the left is a shrine housing the image of
    Ganesh, the ever-popular elephant-headed remover
    of obstacles.
  • Phone 508-881-5775
  • Website www.nehti.org

17
Hinduism
  • While the Sri Lakshmi Temple is surely New
    Englands largest, there are other Hindu temples
    in Dorcester, Cohasset, Lowell, and Stow.

18
Hinduism
  • The Ganesh Temple, named in honor of Lord Ganesh,
    is established in 1992 at 48 Edison St. in
    Dorcester.
  • It serves as a religious center for Hindus mostly
    from the Caribbean.
  • Phone 617-298-7309

19
Hinduism
  • The Cohasset Vedanta Center (130 Beech wood St.)
    is founded in 1929 as an extension of the Boston
    Vedanta Center. Its founder is Swami Paramananda,
    Swami Vivekanandas youngest monastic disciple.
  • Phone 781-383-0949
  • Website www. vedantacentre.org

20
Hinduism
  • The Swaminarayan Temple (403 Andover St.) was
    inaugurated on Sep. 1, 1990.
  • The community practices a form of Hindu
    Vaishnavism focused on Lord Swaminarayan, and
    belongs to the International Swaminarayan Satsang
    Organization (ISSO).
  • Phone 978-934-9390

21
Hinduism
  • The Sri Aksar Puroshottam Swaminarayan Hindu
    Temple is opened on July 14, 1990 and housed in a
    former congregational Church in Stow (4 Marlboro
    Rd). The group (called the Bachasanwasi) believes
    that Swaminarayan was the early manifestation of
    Lord Vishnu.
  • Phone 508-562-0727
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