And what is this category "Asian Americans" you are talking about? There are a number of distinct waves of immigration into America from China (for example) in the 19th Century, in the 1940's (escaping the Civil War) and then following the institution of Communism. Those coming to the US in the last wave would not necesarily be Buddhist anyway. They would more likely be atheists Anyway, not all "Asians" are Buddhists. Filipinos are largely Catholic Christians. Sri Lankan migrants may well be Hindu. Indonesians and Malaysians are mainly Muslims. Singaporeans are only nominally Buddhist (33%) with the second largest religious category being Christians (18%) followed closely by atheists (17%). Indians are Hindu. etc...
Trust me, even after WW2, most Asian Americans are wealthier compared to those living in Asia.. The Asian American Buddhists in the article linked by the OP clearly refer to the numerous Chinese Buddhist associations most notably Fo Guang Shan which boast large number of followers but almost none of these followers practices meditation.
Most Chinese Buddhist practitioners only pray to Buddha for money, love, health, etc. kinda like how most Christians pray to God for money, love, health, etc. and fulfillment of all their material desires which is the opposite of what Buddha and/or God wants humans to do in the first place!
The other Asian American Buddhist associations like say the Thais, Cambodians, Vietnamese and other SEA Theravada Buddhist associations can boast a much higher percentage of meditators than the Chinese Buddhists.. How do I prove my words? Well you gotta hang around the Asian Americans to know how Asian Americans are truly like..
How can somebody be blue collar and business types at the same time? Either they are blue collar and thus workers/labourers or they are white collared self-employed or employers.
I wanted to change the word blue collar to white collar but then most asian americans are indeed the blue collar business types. Small-time importers, small restaurant owners, grocery shop owners, laundromat owners, you know.. those type of small-time, self-employed businesses where more often than not, it is just the owners themselves running the place without the need to hire any additional employees.. this would be what I mean by blue collar business types..
Not every business makes millions of dollars in profits every year..
The Asians who do meditate, most are monks, yogis and ascetics btw, are only found in the Asian mountains, forests and temples. They don't care about making money and moving to the US even though the US has a better quality of life. They only care about attaining Enlightenment and getting out of Samsara immediately.
Your source for this?
Me, Myself and I who have traveled and lived in Asia for a number of years. Take it with a pinch of salt if you are so disinclined to believe me.
I think that if Maitreya Buddha is ever reborn in this world, he wouldn't waste his time and energies trying to enlighten the Americans. He would instead, spend his time and energies, in Asia trying to enlighten the Asians because there are simply much more Asians than Americans who are interested in attaining Enlightenment and getting out of Samsara.
So Maitreya would go teach those that require it the least?
No M. Buddha would teach those who require it the most. IE. those who suffer the most and who possess the greatest desire to get out of samsara by attaining enlightenment.
Suffering is the key motivation which pushes a human soul to attain enlightenment and liberation from Samsara. The Americans are too busy enjoying themselves to want to attain Enlightenment. Compared to the Americans, the Asians living in Asia do not have such a good life and it is precisely the suffering in Asia which will motivate the Asians living in Asia to attain Enlightenment and liberate themselves from Samsara.
Nonsense. Fistly it is clear that you have no idea what the Buddha taught about suffering. Secondly, there are countless people in developing countries all over the world undergoing extreme gross suffering (dukha-dukha) that spend no time at all meditating to achieve enlightenment because they are simply too busy trying to survive.
And let me point the finger back at you. How do you know that there are countless people in ASIA who are too busy trying to survive because they are undergoing extreme gross suffering? Does one need to be free of suffering in order to meditate?
The number of monks alone in Asia clearly outnumber the number of meditators in the US, regardless of race. Are you telling me those Asian monks do not have time to meditate because they are too busy trying to survive? What a load of bollocks! You forget brother, that the Asian population is 4 BILLION plus while the US population is only 300 million plus. Even a small percentile of the Asian population still results in a higher number of meditators than the US!
The number of Buddhist temples and Buddhist monks in Asia versus the number of Buddhist temples and Buddhist monks in the US is more than ample proof that Asians in general, are more interested in spiritual cultivation and enlightenment than the Americans.
No, it is simply proof that Buddhism originated in the particular region. The number of churches (for example) can also be taken as a type of proof that Americans are interested in some sort of freedom from suffering. You forget that mainstream American culture is European in origin, and thus Christian.
And the lack of spiritual knowledge regarding Christianity arises. First off being a Christian nowadays doesn't mean you believe in Enlightenment and Spirituality. It simply means you are a Religious Christian who believes in God but do nothing to reach God and to become God. In fact most Christians find it sacrilegious to even think about becoming God which is clearly the opposite of how the game of Enlightenment works in the first place.
BTW, just an insider tip here. The Vatican upper clergy believe in meditation, reincarnation and enlightenment but they remove all these extremely important spiritual information from the bible. Jesus taught meditation, reincarnation and enlightenment when he was alive as he was part of the Essenes (a spiritual order which the Vatican destroyed because they do not want the teachings of Enlightenment to spread around in Europe) which is why the Vatican or the Romans at that time killed Jesus because they wanted to prevent Jesus from widely propagating meditation, reincarnation and enlightenment throughout Europe.
An Enlightened Buddhist not only believe in God/Buddha/Whatever name given to the God Consciousness inside but they also attempt to reach God/Buddha/Consciousness inside in order to become Enlightened and destroy the Maya covering their spiritual senses.
Now you might delete this post because of what I have just revealed but do I care? Nah, it would only give me additional proof that the West isn't interested in fighting for the Truth but just wanna maintain the status quo so that they can continue to live in dreamland.
Well I am sure most Americans in here would disagree with me but the proof is in the pudding so as to speak.
I'm going to disagree with you and I am not American. I am going to disagree with you mainly because you engage in broad generalisations without supplying any relevant facts.