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Experimental Dharmas in Asia and the Diaspora

Edited by
Antoinette DeNapoli, University of Wyoming, USA

This collection presents in-depth ethnographic analyses of the worldviews and practices of Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist traditions, or “dharmas,” in South Asia and the Diaspora (Indonesia; Australia). The goal of this collection concerns advancing scholarly understanding of the interrelation of tradition and innovation in contemporary Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist dharma traditions and the ways that practitioners are experimenting with the conventional boundaries of “dharma” in order to construct new meanings and applications that align with the challenges and concerns of the 21st-century global milieu. The literature on Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism has often emphasized the significance of the notions of “innovation” and “change” in the transmission of religious cultural traditions. And yet, the role of experimentation in the imagining, construction, and experience of Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist dharmas has been underrepresented in the scholarship on Asian religions. Through use of the concept “experimental religion,” this series fills a lacuna in the current state of scholarship on ethnography, gender, religious identity, globalization, and modernization in Asian dharma traditions. 

  1. Research

    The disporia of borders: Hindu-Sikh transnationals in the diaspora

    This paper offers a set of nuanced narratives and a theoretically-informed report on what is the driving force and motivation behind the movement of Hindus and Sikhs from one continent to another (apart from t...

    Purushottama Bilimoria

    International Journal of Dharma Studies 2017 5:17

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  2. Research

    Religious change and experimentation in Indonesian Hinduism

    This paper examines change and experimentation in Agama Hindu Dharma, a form of Hinduism which has adapted to the modern Muslim influence in Indonesia by emphasizing a monotheistic deity unique to the country ...

    June McDaniel

    International Journal of Dharma Studies 2017 5:20

    Published on: 16 July 2017

  3. Research

    An Experimental Approach to Buddhism and Religion

    Adaptations, modifications, and realignments of religious doctrine and practice can be found in any period of social history. It can be official and highly orchestrated (as in Vatican II) but more often it tak...

    John Nelson

    International Journal of Dharma Studies 2017 5:16

    Published on: 4 July 2017

  4. Editorial

    Editorial Introduction

    This special issue of the International Journal for Dharma Studies emerges from the 2014 meetings of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego, California. Antoinette DeNapoli, the editor of these articles...

    Leonard Norman Primiano

    International Journal of Dharma Studies 2017 5:15

    Published on: 1 July 2017