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Buddhism Without Merit: Theorizing Buddhist Religio-Economic Activity in the Contemporary World
Author Wilson, Jeff
Source Journal of Global Buddhism
Pages87 - 104
PublisherJournal of Global Buddhism
Publisher Url
LocationLucerne, Switzerland
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteAuthor affiliation: University of Waterloo
AbstractMerit is the fundamental product of the Buddhist system. Buddhists generate and distribute it through their activities, and merit economics have shaped Buddhist practices, organizations, material culture, and inter-personal relations. But what happens when merit ceases to be recognized as a valuable product? For the first time in Buddhist history, some Buddhists are operating entirely outside of the merit economy, with resulting changes in organization, ritual practice, and economic activities. When merit is devalued, it is replaced by elements from culturally dominant non-merit economies and may take on their associated values and practices. Jettisoning the Buddhist merit economy has financial consequences for Buddhist groups, and those who operate without the merit economy must create new post-merit Buddhisms. A sifting process occurs, as practices, ideas, and institutions that are dependent on merit economic logic are altered or abandoned. Successful forms of Buddhism will be those that can be recast with non-merit logic.
Table of contentsPreamble: Half-Baked Buddhology 87
Good and Bad Times in North American Buddhism: A Brief Look at How Some Groups are Faring 88
Buddhist Economic Relations: The Merit Model 89
Buddhist Missionary Work: Marketing the Merit Economy 91
Tiles and Piggy Banks: Merit as Fundraising Enticement in North America 92
Downwardly Mobile Buddhism 94
Buddhism with and without Merit 96
Buddhism after Merit 97
Conclusion: The Research Road Ahead 101
Corresponding author: 102
References 102
ISSN15276457 (E)
Created date2021.03.07

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