[Buddha-l] CFP: Buddhism in Australia: Tradition in Change

Cristina Rocha C.Rocha at uws.edu.au
Mon Jan 7 23:53:32 MST 2008


Buddhism in Australia: Tradition in Change



Buddhism in Australia is changing. In 2006 Buddhists accounted for 2.1 per cent of Australia’s population, almost doubling the 1996 figures. Buddhism in Australia: Tradition in Change is an edited collection that seeks to give a more rounded profile of this phenomenon. The book endeavours to address recent changes and adaptations that Buddhism has undergone in Australia, and to give a voice to the experience of Australian Buddhists. 


The book will weave together two main types of papers: 

1.	The experiences of Buddhist teachers, monks and nuns
2.	Research articles on Buddhism in Australia


In this call for papers we invite Buddhist teachers, monks and nuns of any Buddhist lineage who are living and teaching in Australia to write a 250-word abstract of their experience of practicing Buddhism in Australia. This could take many different forms, including:

*	An autobiographical account of your own journey of Buddhism in Australia (such as how and why you became teachers, whether you studied overseas and the cultural differences involved, how and why you returned/came to teach in Australia, etc) 
*	Reflections or anecdotes of the challenges in adapting Buddhist practices to Australian culture.
*	Considerations on how teaching Buddhism in Australia is different from other places you have studied/taught. 
*	Thoughts on how your own cultural values influence your teaching and practice of Buddhism.
*	Your vision on the future on Buddhism in Australia.
*	A combination of any of these elements.



We also invite scholars to submit a 250-word abstract of new work, or recently published articles in the field.

Buddhism in Australia: Tradition in Change is being edited by Dr Cristina Rocha, managing editor of the HYPERLINK "http://www.globalbuddhism.org/"Journal of Global Buddhism and author of Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity (Hawaii University Press, 2006); and Dr Michelle Barker (nee Spuler), author of Developments in Australian Buddhism: Facets of the Diamond (Curzon Press, 2000). Both editors have spent many years involved in Buddhist practice with local groups.

The deadline for abstracts is 15 March 2008. Please submit contributions to HYPERLINK "mailto:michelle at futureinitiatives.com.au"michelle at futureinitiatives.com.au or HYPERLINK "mailto:c.rocha at uws.edu.au"c.rocha at uws.edu.au. Alternatively, you may send your abstract to

Dr. Cristina Rocha

Centre for Cultural Research
University of Western Sydney
Building EM, Parramatta Campus
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith South DC NSW 1797

Successful contributors will be asked to then provide a 2500-3000-word paper (teachers, monks and nuns) and a 5000-word paper (scholars) by September 2008. 

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