Michel Boudreaux

Ethnic Tibetan Buddhists and Indian Shi’ite Muslims in the Twin Cities, Minnesota

Michel Boudreaux examined two specific immigrant communities in the Twin Cities through research at their central religious centers. He documented the religious activities and history of the Tibetan Buddhists community of the Gyuto Wheel of DharmaDharma means religion, religious duty, religious teaching. The word dharma comes from a Sanskrit root meaning “to uphold, support, bear,” thus dharma is that order of things which informs the whole world, from the laws of nature to the inner workings ... MonasteryA monastery is the residence of monks, or monastics; the term is commonly used in both the Christian and Buddhist traditions. Monasticism refers to the life of work, study, and discipline led by monks and nuns.. Boudreaux’s second community of study was the Indian Shi’ite Muslim community consisting of immigrants from both Tanzania and Uganda. His work included documentation of the Aujuman-e-Asghari and the Ja’fari Islamic CenterAn Islamic center will typically include a mosque, school, and area for social and cultural activities. When a new Islamic center is being organized in the United States, attention is paid to community needs, including a weekend or full-time school, indic.... Michel’s research explored how these two groups preserve their religious traditions and their community identity in their new American context.

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