Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change by Cristina Rocha
The number of Buddhists in Australia has increased dramatically in recent years. In 2006, Buddhists accounted for 2.1 percent of Australia's population, nearly double the 1996 figures, making it the…
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The number of Buddhists in Australia has increased dramatically in recent years. In 2006, Buddhists accounted for 2.1 percent of Australia's population, nearly double the 1996 figures, making it the fastest-growing religion in the country.
This book analyzes the arrival and settlement of Buddhism in Australia in the context of the globalization of Buddhism. Australia's close geographic proximity to Asia encouraged an intense influx of people, ideas, practices, and goods from its neighboring countries, while at the same time allowing the development of religion to be somewhat different from its growth in other western countries. The book seeks to explore the Buddhist experience in Australia, and to consider the similarities and characteristics of this experience in relation to other western countries.
The genesis of Buddhism in Australia is being investigated, and a voice is provided to the people on earth who have been instrumental in making this process possible. For the first time, the academic analysis and experience of practitioners are put side by side to show the adaptations and challenges of Buddhism in Australia from above and below.
This book is a unique and valuable contribution to the study of Buddhism in the West, the globalization of religion, and studies of Asian religion.
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