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Cyber Zen: Imagining Authentic Buddhist Identity, Community and Practices in the Virtual World of Second Life

Cyber Zen: Imagining Authentic Buddhist Identity, Community and Practices in the Virtual World of Second Life

作者 : Gregory Price Grieve

出版社 : ROUTLEDGE, TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP

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Cyber Zen ethnographically explores Buddhist practices in the online virtual world of Second Life. Does typing at a keyboard and moving avatars around the screen, however, count as real Buddhism? If authentic practices must mimic the actual world, then Second Life Buddhism does not. In fact, a critical investigation reveals that online Buddhist practices have at best only a family resemblance to canonical Asian traditions and owe much of their methods to the late twentieth century field of cybernetics. If, however, they are judged existentially, by how they enable users to respond to the suffering generated by living in a highly mediated consumer society, then Second Life Buddhism consists of authentic spiritual practices. Cyber Zen explores how Second Life Buddhist enthusiasts form communities, identities, locations, and practices that are both a product of and authentic response to contemporary Network Consumer Society. Gregory Price illustrates that to some extent all religion has always been virtual and gives a glimpse of possible future alternative forms of religion.
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