Imported Religion: Chilean Buddhism in a Global Market
Monaghan, Brenna M.
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The author explores the presence of Nichiren Buddhism in Chile in the context of Jose Casnova’s theories of globalized religion, and how the Buddhist religion and lifestyle fit into a culturally Chilean setting. Within that broader conceptualization, she explores how the powerful Catholic Church has played a part in the resurgence of Buddhism and how those differing religious cultures are, or are not, synchronizing in a complex way. The author spent six weeks in Santiago, Chile immersed in the observation and study of a small Nichiren Buddhist group out of the province of Nufioa, attending meetings, events, activities, classes, and interviewing members.