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Women and ultramodern Buddhism in Australia

Halafoff, Anna, Garrod, Jayne and Gobey, Laura 2018, Women and ultramodern Buddhism in Australia, Religions, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.3390/rel9050147.

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Title Women and ultramodern Buddhism in Australia
Author(s) Halafoff, Anna
Garrod, Jayne
Gobey, Laura
Journal name Religions
Volume number 9
Issue number 5
Article ID 147
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-05
ISSN 2077-1444
Keyword(s) Buddhism
Australia
women
feminism
modern Buddhism
ultramodernity
Summary Buddhists started arriving in Australia in large numbers during the mid-1800s, and the first Buddhist societies and centres began to be formed in the mid-late 1900s. This paper examines the role of women in bringing Buddhism to and establishing it in Australia. Women have featured prominently in a small amount of scholarship, including Paul Croucher’s (1989) Buddhism in Australia: 1848–1988 and Cristina Rocha and Michelle Barker’s (eds. 2011) edited volume on Buddhism in Australia: Traditions in Change. This paper draws on these sources, but primarily on more recent digital oral histories of prominent Buddhist women and men in Australia, recorded as part of the first stage of the Buddhist Life Stories of Australia project in 2014–2015. These first-hand accounts bring the early female pioneers of Buddhism in Australia to life and provide a rich re-telling of this history with emphasis on women’s contributions to it. We also argue that these women’s experiences can best be understood through a framework of ‘ultramodern Buddhism,’ built upon theories of modern and post-modern Buddhism, as many of these women were trailblazers bridging dualisms of tradition and modernity, Asia and the West, and adhering to both feminist and Buddhist principles.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/rel9050147
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, the authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30108151

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