Appreciation or Appropriation? The Fashionable Corruption of Buddhism in the West – ABC Religion and Ethics

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Buddhism has a growing visibility in mainstream Australia. Tibetan prayer flags fly from many porches across the inner-city, Bunning’s Warehouse sells Buddha statues and water-features and Big W sells paintings of the Buddha.

While there is a real and growing presence of Buddhism among white Australians, much of the growth of Buddhist paraphernalia isn’t from genuine followers. Instead, Buddhism has been widely appropriated and pacified by a broader audience in a manner which fits broadly in the context of Orientalism.

Full article – http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/08/19/4069992.htm

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