Cosmopolitan dharma: race, sexuality, and gender in British Buddhism

Smith, Sharon E, Munt, Sally R and Yip, Andrew Kam-Tuck (2016) Cosmopolitan dharma: race, sexuality, and gender in British Buddhism. Numen book series: studies in the history of religions, 152 . Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands. ISBN 9789004232792

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Within Western Buddhism, practitioners are often assumed to be white and middle class. Based in ground-breaking empirical research, Cosmopolitan Dharma: ‘Race’, Sexuality, and Gender in British Buddhism explores the stories of Buddhists from minority communities, through a rich analysis of their lived experiences. Smith, Munt and Yip explore their various contestations of dominant white and heteronormative cultures in Western Buddhism. Using cosmopolitanism as a theoretical lens, Cosmopolitan Dharma argues convincingly that the Buddhist ethos of human interconnectivity needs to be further developed to truly embrace the ‘Other’ of different kinds (not least Western Buddhism’s own internal ‘Others’). Cosmopolitan Dharma, through Buddhists’ own narratives, explores how cultural politics from the ground up can offer a more inclusive philosophy and lived experience of spirituality.

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