A different face: immigration, Western converts, and the sustainability of traditional Theravada Buddhism in two North Carolina temples 1965-2000s

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Zachary Kevin Morgan (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Robert Ferguson

Abstract: Since 1965, the factor which has played the largest role in transforming Theravada Buddhism in North Carolina has been the changing demographics, or internal communities, of individual temples. The first temples were largely comprised of Southeast Asian immigrants, while now many are primarily made up of Western converts. This has forced most monks in the state to adopt more Americanized teachings and practices in order to maintain the support system they need to continue practicing in North Carolina.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Buddhism, Burma, Immigration, North Carolina, Thailand, Theravada

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