Buddhism: Spirituality, Mudras, and Fo Guang Shan

Group Digital Artefact, presented using mixed media. By Josh, Allanah and Jasmyn.


Because autoethnography is a deeply personal reflection, we felt that it was best to explain our research as a narrative through layered accounts, so here we go…

Recently, Josh, Allanah and I conducted an autoethnographic study about Buddhism. Honestly, we chose to do so, because there was a Buddhist temple nearby to our place of study, and because all of us had little to no prior experience with Buddhism. Thus, this autoethnographic journey would be one of discovery, and unexpected epiphanies.

So, we knew we wanted to study Buddhism, but the question was: how?

First, we had to identify our cultural frames and how this may affect the research process.

As a group, we brought with us vastly different individual cultural frames (below). But one this was for sure: it was important to acknowledge that our exposure to the Buddhist faith was approached from a research perspective, so admittedly the…

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