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Jørn Borup

Aloha Buddha: – the secularization of ethnic Japanese-American Buddhism

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The relations between religion, migration, transnationalism, pluralism, and ethnicity, not least in a late modern and globalized world, have gained increasing focus in religious, cultural, sociological, and anthropological studies. With its manifold transfigurations across time and location, Buddhism is an obvious case for investigating such issues, just as Hawaii with its long migration history and religious pluralism is an obvious living laboratory for studying such configurations. This article investigates Japanese American Buddhism in Hawaii, focusing on the relationship between religion and ethnicity. By analyzing contemporary religious life and the historical context of two Japanese American Zen temples in Maui, it is argued that the ethnic and cultural divide related to spirituality follow a general tendency by which the secularization of Japanese Americans’ communal Sangha Buddhism is counterbalanced by a different group’s spiritualization of Buddhism.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Global Buddhism
Vol/bind14
Sider (fra-til)14-43
Antal sider24
ISSN1527-6457
StatusUdgivet - 2013

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