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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25781

Title: Inherited Buddhists and Acquired Buddhists
Authors: Sugunasiri, Suwanda H.J.
Keywords: Buddhism
geographic boundaries
ethnocultural boundaries
descriptive inadequacy
Ethnic Buddhist
Western Buddhist
inherited Buddhists
Acquired Buddhists
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Nalanda College of Buddhist Studies
Citation: Sugunasiri, Suwanda H. J. “Inherited Buddhists and Acquired Buddhists,” Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, 2 (2006): 103-142.
Abstract: The face of Buddhism in the West has come to be diverse and complex, going beyond the traditional geographic and/or ehtnocultural boundaries. Pointing out the ‘descriptive inadequacy’ of the current labeling such as, e.g., ‘Ethnic Buddhist’ and ‘Western Buddhist’, this paper suggests an alternative terminology, ‘Inherited Buddhist’ and ‘Acquired Buddhist’, using four criteria: choice, exposure, knowledge and motivation. In addition to Buddhism, it draws upon studies in language acquisition, intelligence and spirituality. It is suggested that if the proposed terminology may be applicable to other lands and other times in relation to Buddhism, it may also be applicable to other religious communities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25781
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