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    Constructions of Buddhism: Autobiographical Moments of Western Monks' Experiences of Thai Monastic Life.Brooke Schedneck - 2011 - Contemporary Buddhism 12 (2):327-346.
    This article explores the autobiographical writings of Western monks living in Thailand in the light of scholarship on modern and Western Buddhism to understand their constructions of Buddhism. I explore Western monks' understanding of Buddhism before leaving for Thailand, their experiences of integrating into Thai Buddhism, and their lives after returning to their home countries. Their constructions consist of Buddhism as a scientific, rational tradition focused on the practice of meditation. These constructions are challenged during monastic life in Thailand and (...)
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    Buddhist Life Stories.Brooke Schedneck - 2007 - Contemporary Buddhism 8 (1):57-68.
    This article argues that contemporary Buddhist memoirs are an important source to investigate and understand the phenomenon of modern Buddhism. Modern Buddhism is a current development in which Buddhists consider their tradition in new ways. The connections between life stories and modern Buddhist traits are striking. No document can get closer to the source of this movement than a life story. In this article I consider this in terms of the memoirs of the German Buddhist nun Ayya Khema and the (...)
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    Western Buddhist Perceptions of Monasticism.Brooke Schedneck - 2009 - Buddhist Studies Review 26 (2):229-246.
    This paper explores the contemporary encounter between Western cultures and the Buddhist tradition of monasticism. I have investigated attitudes towards this institution in the forms of contemporary Buddhist memoirs, blog websites, interviews, and dharma talks. This article argues that the institution in general is not ideal for some Western Buddhists— it is seen by some as too restricting or anti-modern. Others find value in monasticism; they are aware of those who critique the institution, and offer instead a model that removes (...)
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    Creating Transnational Buddhist Networks Through International Travel.Brooke Schedneck - 2016 - Contemporary Buddhism 17 (2):390-392.
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    Thai Meditation Lineages Abroad: Creating Networks of Exchange.Brooke Schedneck - 2016 - Contemporary Buddhism 17 (2):427-438.
    International travel is a significant component in the making of transnational Buddhism. This article argues that through even limited international travel and exchange with Buddhist teachers, networks of exchange can be created. Focusing on international meditation centres in Thailand, I delineate three mediums through which meditation teachers, in conjunction with their students, build institutional transnational links. Using case studies from various lineages and teachers within Thailand’s international meditation centres, this article reveals the stories and relationships that spread Thai Buddhist meditation (...)
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