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|Title: ||Constructing 'Buddhism': a comparative analysis of Buddhist group narratives in Scotland|
|Authors: ||Rödel, Alexander|
|Supervisor(s): ||Sutcliffe, Steven|
|Issue Date: ||27-Jun-2008|
|Publisher: ||The University of Edinburgh|
|Abstract: ||This thesis examines some mechanisms underpinning the construction of the public
discourse on Buddhism in Scotland in general and Buddhist group narratives about
Buddhism in particular.
Chapter 1 introduces the object of study as well as research questions and describes the
methodology applied, which is grounded in a study-of-religions (Religionswissenschaft) perspective.
Chapter 2 discusses some theoretical accounts in the study of Buddhism(s) and investigates
the creation of an ontologised category Buddhism as a scholarly object within the 'world religions'
paradigm. It furthermore argues for the study of 'Buddhism' to focus on the actual human
agents involved as well as on historico-regional aspects of the framework within which a
discourse on Buddhism is constructed.
Chapter 3 provides a historical contextualisation of Buddhist groups in Scotland and
examines the construction of 'Buddhism' within a selection of three Buddhist groups located in
Scotland. These are the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, the community around Karma Kagyü
Samyé Ling, and the Thai-Scottish Association around Wat Dhammapadipa.
Chapter 4 concludes the study and provides a comparison of the Buddhism discourses
constructed in these three groups. It also highlights general rules underpinning the public
discourse on Buddhism in Scotland and locates this discourse in the wider field of the concept
of the 'European history of religions' (Europäische Religionsgeschichte).|
history of religion
Friends of the Western Buddhist Order
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