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Zen in Brazil: The Quest for Cosmopolitan Modernity
Author Rocha, Cristina
Date2006.02
Pages256
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
Publisher Url http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/
LocationHonolulu, HI, US [檀香山, 夏威夷州, 美國]
SeriesTopics in Contemporary Buddhism
Content type書籍=Book
Language英文=English
Keyword佛教人物=Buddhist; 近代佛教=現代佛教=Contemporary Buddhism; 禪宗=Zazen Buddhism=Zen Buddhism=Son Buddhism=Chan Buddhism
AbstractWidely perceived as an overwhelmingly Catholic nation, Brazil has experienced in recent years a growth in the popularity of Buddhism among the urban, cosmopolitan upper classes. In the 1990s Buddhism in general and Zen in particular were adopted by national elites, the media, and popular culture as a set of humanistic values to counter the rampant violence and crime in Brazilian society. Despite national media attention, the rapidly expanding Brazilian market for Buddhist books and events, and general interest in the globalization of Buddhism, the Brazilian case has received little scholarly attention. Cristina Rocha addresses that shortcoming in Zen in Brazil. Drawing on fieldwork in Japan and Brazil, she examines Brazilian history, culture, and literature to uncover the mainly Catholic, Spiritist, and Afro-Brazilian religious matrices responsible for this particular indigenization of Buddhism. In her analysis of Japanese immigration and the adoption and creolization of the Sotoshu school of Zen Buddhism in Brazil, she offers the fascinating insight that the latter is part of a process of "cannibalizing" the modern other to become modern oneself. She shows, moreover, that in practicing Zen, the Brazilian intellectual elites from the 1950s onward have been driven by a desire to acquire and accumulate cultural capital both locally and overseas. Their consumption of Zen, Rocha contends, has been an expression of their desire to distinguish themselves from popular taste at home while at the same time associating themselves with overseas cultural elites.
Table of contentsThe Japanese-Brazilian junction: establishing Zen missions
Non-Japanese Brazilians and the orientalist shaping of Zen
The Brazilian religious field: where does Zen fit in?
The Brazilian imaginary of Zen: global influences, rhizomatic forms
Doing Zen, being Zen: creolizing "ethnic" and "convert" Buddhism
Conclusion: translocal flows: the "meditodrome" as a Zen style of governing
ISBN082482976X (hc)
Hits470
Created date2006.09.14
Modified date2023.10.17



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