From The New York Times:
- In Buddha’s Path on the Streets of San Francisco (article)
- San Francisco’s Buddhist Pilgrimage (photos)
The article and the photos give a good overview of how immigrants brought Buddhism to San Francisco.
The Buddhism the Chinese brought was a spiritual mix of traditional folk beliefs, Taoism, Confucianism and Chan, the antecedent of Japanese Zen. Though there are differences, central to both Chan and Zen is meditation, or zazen in Japanese, as well as the Buddha’s basic lessons of compassion, impermanence and awareness of the present moment.
Found at Zen Filter.