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Item Description McAra, Sally A. en_US 2010-06-17T20:42:28Z 2010-06-17T20:42:28Z 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.citation McAra, Sally A. 2007. Indigenizing or Adapting? Importing Buddhism into a Settler-colonial Society. Journal of Global Buddhism 8: 132-156. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1527-6457 en_US
dc.identifier.other Former Mana'o EPrint ID12 en_US
dc.description Refereed en_US
dc.description.abstract In this paper I problematize the phrase "indigenization of Buddhism" (Spuler 2003, cf. Baumann 1997) through an investigation of a Buddhist project in a settler-colonial society. An international organization called the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is constructing a forty-five-meter high stupa in rural Australia with the intention "to provide a refuge of peace and serenity for all." In 2003, a woman of Aboriginal descent met with the stupa developers to express her concern about the project. While her complaint does not represent local Aboriginal views about the stupa (other Aboriginal groups expressed support for it), it illustrates how in settler-colonial societies, Buddhist cultural imports that mark the land can have unexpected implications for indigenous people. This paper offers a glimpse of the multi-layered power relations that form the often invisible backdrop to the establishment of Buddhism in settler-colonial societies and suggests that we need to find terms other than "indigenization" when analyzing this. en_US
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dc.subject Tibetan Buddhism en_US
dc.subject Bendigo en_US
dc.subject Australia en_US
dc.subject Aborigines en_US
dc.subject settler-colonies en_US
dc.subject Atisha Center en_US
dc.subject songlines en_US
dc.subject development en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Australia en_US
dc.title Indigenizing or Adapting? Importing Buddhism into a Settler-colonial Society en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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