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Title Buddhist missionaries in the era of globalization / edited by Linda Learman
Published Honolulu : University of HawaiƬ Press, 2005

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Description [ix], 245 pages ; 24 cm
Series Topics in contemporary buddhism
Topics in contemporary Buddhism.
Contents Introduction / Linda Learman -- Dharmapala's Dharmaduta and the Buddhist ethnoscape / Steven Kemper -- The Theravada domestic mission in twentieth-century Nepal / Sarah LeVine -- Grafting identity: the Hawaiian branches of the Bodhi Tree / George J. Tanabe, Jr. -- Hiding in plain sight: the invisibility of the Shingon Mission to the United States / Richard K. Payne -- Globalization and the pursuit of a shared understanding of the absolute: the case of Soka Gakkai in Brazil / Peter B. Clarke -- Being a Zen Buddhist Brazilian: juggling multiple religious identities in the land of Catholicism / Cristina Rocha -- Spreading Buddha's light: the internationalization of Foguang Shan / Stuart Chandler -- The compassion relief diaspora / C. Julia Huang -- Uniting religion and politics in a bid for autonomy: Lamas in exile in China and America / Gray Tuttle
Summary "This volume dispels the common notion that Buddhism is not a missionary religion by revealing Asian Buddhists as active agents in the propagation of their faith. It presents at the same time a new framework with which to study missionary activity in both Buddhist and other religious traditions. Included are case studies of Theravada, Chinese, and Tibetan Buddhist teachers and congregations, as well as the Pure Land, Shingon, Zen, and Soka Gakkai traditions of Japan. The essays deal with both foreign and domestic missions and the activities of emigrant communities, showing the resources and strategies garnered by late-nineteenth-and twentieth-century Buddhists who worked to uphold and further their respective traditions, often under difficult circumstances." "Based on anthropological fieldwork and historical research, the essays break new ground and provide better analytical tools for studying mission activity than previously available. They provide instructive comparisons with Anglo-American Protestant missionary thinking and offer insights into the internal dynamics of Sri Lankan and Japanese missions as they make their way in Protestant and Catholic societies. Also included are nuanced studies of two major missionary figures in late twentieth-century Chinese Buddhism and a fascinating look at the present Dalai Lama's relationships with his devotees and the American government, viewed through an exposition of the abiding tradition within Tibetan Buddhism that combines mission activity with the political goals of exiled lamas." "Anyone studying religion and globalization, modernization, cultural assimilation and accommodation, and twentieth-century developments in Buddhist traditions will find this volume extremely useful and informative."--BOOK JACKET
Notes "This book is the outcome of the conference The Globalization of Buddhism: Case Studies of Buddhist Missions held in April 2000, At Boston University."--Acknowledgments
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Buddhism -- Missions -- History -- 20th century -- Congresses.
Globalization -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism -- Congresses
Buddhist missionaries -- Congresses.
Globalization -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Buddhism -- Missions -- History -- 20th century.
Buddhist missionaries.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Author Learman, Linda, 1950-
Globalization of Buddhism : Case Studies of Buddhist Missions (2000 : Boston University)
LC no. 2004006309
ISBN 0824828100 hardcover alkaline paper