Buddhism Observed: Travellers, Exiles and Tibetan Dharma in Kathmandu [NOOK Book]

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Based on extensive field research in Nepal, Buddhism Observed questions traditional assumptions about Buddhism and examines the rarely considered phenomenon of Western conversions to a non-Western religion. Scholars of anthropology, religion and cultural studies will find here a refreshing insight into how to approach 'other' societies, religions and Cultures.
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Buddhism Observed: Travellers, Exiles and Tibetan Dharma in Kathmandu

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Overview

Based on extensive field research in Nepal, Buddhism Observed questions traditional assumptions about Buddhism and examines the rarely considered phenomenon of Western conversions to a non-Western religion. Scholars of anthropology, religion and cultural studies will find here a refreshing insight into how to approach 'other' societies, religions and Cultures.
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'The book offers a valuable, well-organized, and persuasive picture of an important relationship in the history of modern Buddhism.' - Social Anthropology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134341849
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/2/2003
  • Series: Anthropology of Asia
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 921 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Moran is Director of academic programs in Kathmandu for both Trinity College, USA and the International Honors Program, Boston University, USA. He is also the academic director at the Centre for Buddhist Studies at Kathmandu University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Emanating bodies in the transnational terrain 14
3 Commodities, identities and the aura of the Other 34
4 Monasteries, patrons and the presence of money in a spiritualized economy 58
5 Talking about monks: discourses of tradition and productivity 86
6 Identifying narratives: a search for Buddhist subjects and communities 110
7 Producing (Western) Buddhists 130
8 Dharma and difference: practical discourses 157
9 Tibetan Buddhism: national culture and global treasure 187
Notes 196
Bibliography 212
Index 220
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