Buddhism in Canada

1st Edition

Bruce Matthews

Routledge
Published February 18, 2014
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ISBN 9780415758666 - CAT# Y163072
Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

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Summary

Buddhism has become a major religion in Canada over the last half-century. The 'ethnic Buddhism' associated with immigrant Asian people is the most important aspect, but there is also a growing constituency of Euro-Canadian Buddhists seriously interested in the faith. This insightful study analyzes the phenomenon of Buddhism in Canada from a regional perspective. The work provides an important examination of the place of Buddhism in a developed western country associated with a traditional Judeo-Christian culture, but undergoing profound sociological transformation due to large-scale immigration and religio-cultural pluralism.  It is a valuable text for students of religion, Buddhism and North American Studies.

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