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Religious Ecology On The Internet: A Case Study Of Tibetan Buddhism

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The introduction of the Internet has changed the face of religion worldwide. Religion is redefined in the online environment, which emerges as a new space for religious learning and practices. This chapter examines the practice of religion as an ecology on the Internet, particularly how the Internet serves as a new environment to convey religious information and whether religious communities can be formed and sustained in cyberspace. To answer these questions, the online practice of Tibetan Buddhism was examined as a case study. The five components identified by Lytle as part of a religious ecology are: collection, creed, code, cultus and the com- munity that results from these components.

Keywords: internet; religious ecology; Tibetan Buddhism



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