Jørn Borup, Ph.D., is associate professor at Aarhus University. He has conducted research and published in Danish and English on Japanese Buddhism, Buddhism in the West, religious diversity, spirituality, and religion and migration.
Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger, Ph.D., is associate professor at Aarhus University. Her work focuses on Hinduism in general (and in Denmark and in diaspora in particular), Śaktism, religious plurality and diversity, and on religion in cultural encounters.
Scholars and students from religious studies, Asian studies and anthropology interested in spirituality, Asian religions and East-West circulation.
Table of contents
Notes on Contributors
Jørn Borup and Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger
Part 1: Spiritual Flows and Circulations Between East and West
1 Pizza, Curry, Skyr and Whirlpool Effects—Religious Circulations Between East and West
2 Global Flows of Universal Energy? Aquatic Metaphors, Network Theory, and Modeling Reiki’s Development and Circulation in North America
3 Mindfulness on the Move: A Translocative Analysis of Global Mindfulness Flows
4 Sri Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī—The Global Worship of an Indian Female Guru
Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger
5 Same Forms, Same Sensations? The Practice of Silent Sitting in Traditional Japanese and Contemporary Urban Settings
6 ‘East’ and ‘West’ in the Kaleidoscope of Transculturality—The Discursive Production of the Kuṇḍalinī as a New Ontological Object Within and Beyond Orientalist Dichotomies
Part 2: Transnational Spiritualties in Asia
7 Global Flows of Vietnamese Zen
8 Christianity and Positive Psychology—Are ‘Western’ Spiritual Practices Conquering the Chinese Spirit?
9 The Making of Power Spots: From New Age Spirituality to Shinto Spirituality
10 The Significance of the Idea of Buddha’s Dependence on Kapila for the Rebirth of Sāṃkhyayoga in Nineteenth Century Bengal
Knut A. Jacobsen
11 On the Road from Hinduism to Buddhism: Global Buddhism, the Conversion of Nepali Hindus, and What Comes Between
Cameron David Warner
12 Young Buddhism: Analyzing Transnational Currents of Religion Among Ladakhi Buddhist Youth in India
Elizabeth Lane Williams Ørberg
13 Religious Encounters in Thailand: International Meditation Centers Within Transnational Settings
14 Finding It: Echoes of America in Taiwan’s New Age
Paul J. Farrelly