The Development of Buddhism in Australia and New Zealand

Spuler, Michelle (2002) The Development of Buddhism in Australia and New Zealand. In: Prebish, Charles S., and Baumann, Martin, (eds.) Westward Dharma: Buddhism beyond Asia. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, USA, pp. 139-151.

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Buddhism’s development in both Australia and New Zealand has increased dramatically in the last twenty years. Buddhism in Australia and New Zealand reflects many of the trends that have been identified in Buddhism’s growth in other Western countries; however, some regional differences also exist. This chapter examines the demographics and history of Buddhism in Australia and New Zealand to demonstrate this. The current status of Buddhism in these religiously plural nations is also discussed, particularly in relation to the extent to which this formerly foreign religion is becoming considered part of the mainstream.

Item ID: 24722
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-520-22625-8
Keywords: Buddhism, Australia, New Zealand
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2013 03:58
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society @ 100%
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