Since 1965, the factor which has played the largest role in transforming Theravada Buddhism in North Carolina has been the changing demographics, or internal communities, of individual temples. The first temples were largely comprised of Southeast Asian immigrants, while now many are primarily made up of Western converts. This has forced most monks in the state to adopt more Americanized teachings and practices in order to maintain the support system they need to continue practicing in North Carolina.
|Commitee:||Graham, Gael, Francis-Fallon, Benjamin|
|School:||Western Carolina University|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||MAI 81/7(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religious history, Asian American Studies, American history|
|Keywords:||Buddhism, Burma, Immigration, North Carolina, Thailand, Theravada|
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