I’m interested in learning about Buddhism as it is practiced in east Asia. Whenever I look for info on Buddhism, it’s pretty strictly “here’s what Buddha himself taught” or “here’s how you can learn to meditate.” I’m not interested in that. Think of it as an anthropological interest. What should I read?
Are there any books, essays, debates, anything on the contrast between traditional Buddhism in countries like China and Japan vs watered down westernized Buddhism? I’d be interested in knowing how zen monks react to things like “Why Buddhism Is True.”