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date: 19 August 2019

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Buddhism’s development in Australia and Oceania is a history of transnational global flows in these regions, with the evolution of Buddhism in these countries being closely tied to immigration and travel. Here the history and demographic developments in Australia and the nations of Oceania are analyzed, with a case study examining in greater depth how the growth of Buddhism in Australia reflects the effects of both cultural contexts and the influence of transnational Buddhist organizations. The emerging field of transnational Buddhism is identifying the conditions that may be necessary for the nations of Australia and Oceania to take the evolutionary step necessary to strategically position Buddhism so that these nations become global Buddhist hubs.

Keywords: Australia, Buddhism, transnational, global, Oceania

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