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Invited speaker : Digital Buddhism: Sacred objects and places

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Abstract

(Lahore University, Pakistan)
As technology advances and the internet becomes cheaper and more easily accessible, we observe a shift from the traditional forms of religious practice to new, often redefined, and perhaps contentious forms of engagement that can challenge notions of religious authenticity, authority, community, identity, and practice.

This presentation focuses on digital materiality and examines religious objects and sacred places found online in virtual worlds, such as Second Life, or via smartphone apps. In doing so, we can deepen our understanding of what Buddhist internet-based practice might look like and consider why Digital Buddhism often re-presents or re-imagines offline Buddhism.

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

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