A1 Journal article (refereed)
Representing Tibetan Buddhism in books on spirituality : A discourse-historical approach (2022)

Sharapan, M. (2022). Representing Tibetan Buddhism in books on spirituality : A discourse-historical approach. Critical Research on Religion, 10(3), 298-312. https://doi.org/10.1177/20503032221075380

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Publication details

All authors or editorsSharapan, Maria

Journal or seriesCritical Research on Religion



Publication year2022

Publication date01/06/2022


Issue number3

Pages range298-312

PublisherSAGE Publications

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/81614


This article looks into how Tibetan Buddhism is framed in terms of East-West dichotomy in six popular books on Buddhism and spirituality. Discourse Historical Approach is employed to uncover the rhetorical representation of Tibetan Buddhism to the readers. A critical post-colonial perspective offers an insight into various power dynamics, arising from these representations, structured according to Yoshikawa's model of intercultural communication between East and West. The various power outcomes of rhetorical styles range from Ethnocentric to Dialogical, with their ethical consequences and problematics discussed.

KeywordsBuddhismTibetan Buddhismspirituality (mental qualities)religious spiritualityrepresentation (mental objects)interculturalismintercultural interactionethnocentrismorientalismpostcolonialismdiscourse analysis

Free keywordsTibetan Buddhism; Buddhism and the west; discourse historical approach; double-swing model; ethnocentrism

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating1

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