The number of Buddhists in Australia has grown dramatically in
recent years. In 2006, Buddhists accounted for 2.1 per cent of
Australia's population, almost doubling the 1996 figures, and
making it the fastest growing religion in the country. This book
analyses the arrival and localisation of Buddhism in Australia in
the context of the globalisation of Buddhism. Australia's close
geographical proximity to Asia has encouraged an intense flow of
people, ideas, practices and commodities from its neighbouring
countries, while at the same time allowing the development of the
religion to be somewhat different to its growth in other Western
countries. The book seeks to explore the Buddhist experience in
Australia, looking at the similarities and particularities of this
experience in relation to other Western countries. The inception of
Buddhism in Australia is investigated, and a voice is provided to
people on the ground who have been fundamental in making this
process possible. For the first time, academic analysis and
practitioners' experience are juxtaposed to show the adaptations
and challenges of Buddhism in Australia from above and below. This
book is a unique and valuable contribution to the study of Buddhism
in the West, globalization of religion, and studies in Asian
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