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    Border country dharma: Buddhism, Ireland and peripherality

    Cox, Laurence and Griffin, Maria (2009) Border country dharma: Buddhism, Ireland and peripherality. Journal of Global Buddhism, 10. pp. 93-125.

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    Buddhist tradition distinguishes a "central region" where suitable conditions for practice – notably a well-developed sangha – are to be found, from "border regions" where there are fewer or no monks, nuns, laymen or laywomen (1). If, in the last 150 years, Buddhist Asia has acted as the "central region" to the "border regions" of western Buddhism, Ireland is arguably a border region to the border regions, a second-hand recipient of developments in more powerful societies. These categories (relational as so many Buddhist concepts) are similar to sociological discussions of core and periphery within the global order. However, some of the most influential accounts of the arrival of Buddhism in the west (such as Almond 1988 and Tweed 2000) stress rather the indigenous, and essentially bounded, development of Victorian Buddhism.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Border country dharma; Buddhism; Ireland and peripherality;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 1537
    Depositing User: Dr. Laurence Cox
    Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2009 13:11
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Global Buddhism
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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