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dc.contributor.advisorDossett, Wendy
dc.contributor.authorOllier, Richard J.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-14T10:09:57Z
dc.date.available2020-09-14T10:09:57Z
dc.date.issued2020-09-10
dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/623622/R%20Ollier%20FINAL%20THESIS.pdf?sequence=1
dc.identifier.citationOllier, R. (2020). Pureland Buddhism and the Post-Secular: Dharmavidya’s Summary of Faith and Practice. (Doctoral thesis). University of Chester, United Kingdom.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/623622
dc.description.abstractThis thesis demonstrates that Summary of Faith and Practice by Dharmavidya David Brazier is used by its writer and readers to establish a ‘post-secular’ identity for the Pureland Buddhism of the Amida Order, in contrast to the self-proclaimed ‘secular’ identity of some other forms of Buddhism. This contemporary, British-centred and predominantly convert Pureland Buddhism has been largely overlooked in the analytical scholarship of British Buddhism. The thesis contributes to knowledge by focussing on a text which plays a significant part in the life of the Order. It relates the text to the broader context of an ongoing debate between ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ Buddhism as Buddhism continues to spread beyond Asia. Using my location as an ‘insider’ within the Amida Order, I adopt a research methodology borrowed from the discourse analysis of Michael Hoey, and from documentary theology. I employ this methodology to demonstrate how the text is constituted by its authorising tradition, its writer, its ideal readers, and its actual readers as a form of post-secular Buddhism. By emphasising Pureland’s ‘religious’ characteristics and how these are, in part, established with reference to Christianity, the thesis challenges any assumption that contemporary British convert Buddhism is exclusively ‘secular’.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectPureland Buddhismen_US
dc.subjectAmida Orderen_US
dc.subjectsecularismen_US
dc.titlePureland Buddhism and the Post-Secular: Dharmavidya’s Summary of Faith and Practice.en_US
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen_US
dc.rights.embargodate2025-09-10
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonFuture publication of the thesis is planneden_US
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen_US


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