Buddhism in Australia: A Bibliography

Books and Journal Articles

Adam, Enid. Buddhism in Western Australia. Perth: The Author, 1995.

Adam, Enid. Buddhism in Perth: A Source of Alienation or Means to Integration? MA Thesis, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 1991. [An examination of the assimilation of Vietnamese Buddhists and Catholics in Australia, and how their religious beliefs affect this process.]

Adam, Enid. "Buddhist Women in Australia." Journal of Global Buddhism 1, 2000: 138-143.

Adam, Enid, and Philip J. Hughes. The Buddhists in Australia.. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1996. (Religious Community Profiles series, ed. Philip J. Hughes.) [Contains five sections: a brief account of the origin and early devilment of Buddhism; a history of Buddhism in Australia; an outline of Buddhist beliefs and practices; how Buddhist communities are organised in Australia; and demographics of the Australian Buddhist community from the 1991 census.]

Anagarika Dharmapala. "Buddhism in Australia." In Guruge, Ananda (ed.), Return to Righteousness: A collection of speeches, essays and letters of the Anagarika Dharmapala. Ceylon: The Government Press, 1965: 839-841.

Australian Buddhist Library. A Classified Catalogue of the Collections in the Australian Buddhist Library. Sydney: Australian Buddhist Library, 1986, no.1. [As titled.]

Baumann, Martin. "Book Review of Enid Adam and Philip J. Hughes, "The Buddhists in Australia"." Anthropos, 92, 1997: 209.

Baumann, Martin. "The Dharma Has Come West: A Survey of Recent Studies and Sources". Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 4, 1997" 194--211. Also available in Critical Review of Books in Religion 10 (1997), S.: 1--14.[Provides an overview of the literature on Buddhism in the West, particularly Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and cyberspace.]

Bell, Elizabeth. "A Short History of Buddhism in Victoria." Buddhism Today: Journal of the Buddhist Federation of Australia, 1 (1986): 7-9.

Bentley, Peter. "Religious Community Profiles." Australian Religious Studies Review, 10, 1997: 47-65. [Includes a brief section written by Enid Adam and Philip Hughes that provides demographics of Australia's Buddhist population (pp.60-61).]

Berkeley, L. "The Early Days of Buddhism in Sydney." The Middle Way (Sydney), 1(1), Jan. 1983.

Bishop, Peter. "A Landscape for Dying: The Bardo Thodol and Western fantasy." In Korom, Frank J. (ed.), Constructing Tibetan Culture: Contemporary perspectives. Quebec: World Heritage Press, 1997: 47-72. [Includes a very brief section examining interest in Tibetan Buddhism in Australia.]

Bouma, Gary D. "The Emergence of Religious Plurality in Australia: A Multicultural Society." Sociology of Religion, 56, 1995: 285-303. [Examines Australia's recent religious history in comparison with Canada and New Zealand. Includes brief information on the status of Buddhism in Australia.]

Bouma, Gary D., Wendy Smith and Shiva Vasi. "Japanese Religions in Australia: Mahikari and Zen in a Multicultural Society." In Clarke, Peter B. (ed.), Japanese New Religions in Global Perspective. London: Curzon, 2000.

Bouma, Gary D. (ed.), Many Religions, All Australian. Melbourne: Christian Research Association, 1996. [An examination of issues affecting religious settlement in Australia, including case studies on Vietnamese Buddhist migrants.]

Brandle, Maximilian and Steve Karas (eds). Multicultural Queensland: the people and communities of Queensland: A bicentennial publication. Brisbane: Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland and the Queensland Migrant Welcome Association, 1988. [A comprehensive coverage of the history and current status/demographics of various ethnic groups in Queensland. The sections on Laotians, Sri Lankans and Vietnamese include mention of Buddhist activities.]

Bucknell, Roderick S. "The Buddhist Experience in Australia." In: Habel, Norman (ed.), Religion and multiculturalism in Australia: Essays in honour of Victor Hayes. Adelaide: Australian Association for the Study of Religions, 1992. (Special Studies in Religion Series, no. 7): 214-224. [A good article on the history of Buddhism in Australia, its integration into Australian society, reasons for conversion, and prospects for unity.]

Buddhist Council of New South Wales. Analysis of Religious Growth in Australia and New South Wales 1986-1996. http://www.zip.com.au/~lyallg/census1.htm. n.d. [Statistical comparison of religious affiliation of Australians in 1986, 1991 and 1996 censuses.]

Buddhist Council of New South Wales. Buddhist Council of New South Wales: Its Past, Present and Future. http://www.zip.com.au/~lyallg/bcgrnd.htm. n.d. [A good historical overview of the formation of the Buddhist Council of NSW, and some of the contributions it has made.]

Buddhist Council of New South Wales. 1996 Census Shows That Buddhism is Still Australia's Fastest Growing Religion. http://www.zip.com.au/~lyallg/cencom.htm. n.d. [Basic Buddhist demographics.]

 "Buddhist News: Census 1991." Buddhism Today, 6(2), April 1991: 18. [Brief summary of census statistics about Buddhism.]

Byles, M. B. Buddhism in New South Wales. m.s. Marie Byles Collection, Mitchell Library, Sydney, NSW.

Campbell, I., "Buddhism in Australia: When the going gets tough, the tough get going." Statewide, 16 Jan 1992: 4.

Cox, David. Religion and Welfare: A study of the role of religion in the provision of welfare services to selected groups of immigrants in Melbourne,Australia. Parkville, Victoria: Department of Social Studies, University of Melbourne, 1982. [Compares Sri Lankan Buddhist and Vietnamese Buddhist families with Muslim and Christian families of varying ethnic backgrounds.]

Croucher, Paul. Buddhism in Australia. Kensington, New South Wales: New South Wales University Press, 1989. [This is the key reference for Buddhism on Australia. A very thorough examination of Buddhism's development in Australia that includes identification of key figures and presentation of the evolution of the many Buddhist groups.]

Daniels, Peter L. "Australia's Enviro-Economic Dilemma and the World View of Buddhism." Australian Journal of Social Issues; 1988, 23, 2, May, 143-157. [Discusses the problems Australia is facing in a troubled and changing world economy, and examines the radical concept of a Buddhist solution.]

Davison, Leigh. "From Barbecues at Bondi to Bio-Dynamic." In Metcalf, Bill (ed.), From Utopian Dreaming to Communal Reality: Cooperative lifestyles in Australia. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 1995: 41-56. [A personal history of Dharmananda, a residential community based on Buddhist meditation and Bio-Dynamics, located in New South Wales, Australia.]

Daw, Joan Margaret. Cultural and religious beliefs among Vietnamese immigrants in Melbourne. Minor thesis, Master of Arts, Melbourne Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, Melbourne,1994.

de Jong, Klaas. "Buddhism in Queensland." Buddhism Today: Journal of the Buddhist Federation of Australia, 1, 1986: 8-16. [A brief history of Buddhism in Queensland that notes key figures and details the development of some groups.]

de Jong, Klaas. A Short Account of the Spread of Southern Buddhism in Australia and Queensland in Particular. Brisbane: Dhammadinna House, 1982. [As titled.]

de Jong, Klaas. A Short History of Southern Buddhism in Queensland. Spring Hill: Dhammadinna House, 1982. [As titled.]

de Jong, Klaas. "Dhammadinna House." Buddhism Today: Journal of the Buddhist Federation of Australia, 6, 1991: 30. [Very brief outline of the history and aims of Dhammadinna House, a centre for the study of Early Buddhism.]

Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs. Directory of Ethnic Community Organisations in Australia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Services, 1992.

"Federation News." Buddhism Today: Journal of the Buddhist Federation of Australia, 88, 1988: 4-7. [Includes brief mention of the Buddhist Federation of Australia's upcoming meeting with the Federal Government acquaint them with the special needs and interests of the Buddhist community.]

Fenner, Peter. Buddhism: Its future in Australia and relevance to today's youth. Paper presented at the Faith in the Future Multi-faith Seminar at Monash University, October 27, 1985. Text available from the Ecumenical Migration Centre, 125 Leicester Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065.

Gamble, John. "The Buddhist Federation of Australia." Buddhism Today, 1(1), Jan 1986: 4-9. [Discusses the need for Buddhist councils in each state, and possible activities of the Federation.]

Gariano, A. C. "Religious intermix and social distance." In: Australian Population Association Conference: Australia's population towards the 21st century. Canberra: The Association, 1994.

Hasslacher, Barbara. An Australian Directory of Spiritual Retreat Centres. PO Box 71, St Peters, 2044: The Author, 1995. [Includes fourteen Buddhist retreat centres.]

Hughes, Philip J. Religion in Australia: Facts and figures. Kew Victoria: Christian Research Association, 1998.

Humphreys, Robert and Rowland Ward. Religious bodies in Australia: A comprehensive guide. Wantirna, Victoria.: New Melbourne Press, Third edition, 1995. [Provides a history of Buddhism in Australia that includes details about the formation of specific groups.]

International Buddhist Directory. London: Wisdom, 1985.

Khadro, Yeshe. "From Catholic Farm Girl to Buddhist Nun." In Metcalf, Bill (ed.), From Utopian Dreaming to Communal Reality: Cooperative lifestyles in Australia. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 1995: 115-126. [Relates her experiences in setting up the Chenrezig Institute, a residential Tibetan Buddhist community in Queensland, Australia.]

Knight, C. E. "Buddhism Gets a Hold in Australia." World Buddhism, Dec 1961: 23-24.

Lyall, Graeme. An Account of the History and Development of Buddhism in New South Wales. n.d. www.zip.com.au/~lyallg/history.htm, accessed on 20 June 2000.

Lyall, Graeme. "Buddhism: Australia's Reaction to a New Phenomenon." Without Prejudice, 7, 1994: 30-35, www.zip.com.au/~lyallg/Teaching_1.htm. [An historical analysis of effects of racism on the development of Buddhism in Australia.]

Lyall, Graeme. "Ethnic Buddhists in New South Wales". In: Ata, Abe (I) Wade (ed). Religion and Ethnic Identity: An Australian study (volume 3). Richmond, Victoria: Spectrum Publications, 1989: 6-30.

Lyall, Graeme. Marie Byles: A Prominent Woman in Australia Buddhism. n.d. www.zip.com.au/~lyallg/Teaching_1.htm, accessed on 20 June 2000.

Lyall, Graeme. "Religion, Racism and Tolerance." Without Prejudice, 8, 1995: 28-46. [This article discusses the need for understanding of other religious traditions in Australia, and emphasises the important role of multicultural religious education in Australian schools in this process.]

Masefield, P. "Buddhism in Australia." UNIBUDS Annual Magazine, 1981/82: 18-21. [A brief history.]

McDonald, Kathleen. "Buddha House and Tibetan Buddhism." Buddhism Today: Journal of the Buddhist Federation of Australia, 2, January 1987: 6-14. [Outlines the history of Buddha House in Adelaide, which is one of five Australian FPMT centres, also talks generally about the FPMT and Tibetan Buddhism.]

McDonnell, Terrance. "Buddhist Council." Vimamsa: Journal of the Buddhist Society of Queensland, 5, 1986: 17-18. [Briefly discusses the history and current status of the Buddhist Council of Brisbane.]

McDonnell, Terrance and Rod Bucknell, "Buddhists." In: Gillman, Ian (ed). Many Faiths, One Nation. Sydney: Collins, 1989: 318-331. [Contains an overview of the general history and beliefs of Buddhists, and an outline of Buddhism's history in Australia.]

McKimm, Inta B. "The First Mahayana Meditation Centre in Queensland." Metta: The Journal of the Buddhist Federation of Australia, 16(5), 1975: 9-12. [A description of the a Tibetan Buddhist (FPMT) meditation course held in Queensland in 1974.]

Mitchell, Paul. "Buddhism in Australia." On Being, 24 (1997): 16-20.

Nelson, Darren. "Why is Buddhism the Fastest Growing Religion in Australia?" n.d. www.buddhanet.net/whybudoz.htm.

Pearce, M. "The Beginnings of Buddhism in Australia." Karuna, Feb 1981.

Rait, William. "Making Our Own Buddhism." Metta: Journal of the Buddhist Federation of Australia, 13, 1969: 15-17.

Rigney, Helen. "Buddhism: Bridging the cultural gap." Migration, Dec-Jan 1989-1990: 12-13 . [Includes a biography of Sister Ayya Khema, her views on how Buddhism can help provide a cultural bridge to Asia, and a brief history of Buddhism in Australia.]

Spuler, Michelle. The Adaptation of Buddhism to the West: Diamond Sangha Zen Buddhist Groups in Australia. Ph.D. thesis, Department of Sudies in Religion, University of Queensland, 1999.

Spuler, Michelle. "Characteristics of Buddhism in Australia." Journal of Contemporary Religion 15, 1 (January 2000).

Spuler, Michelle. Developments in Australian Buddhism: Facets of the Diamond. London: Routledge Curzon, 2003.

Spuler, Michelle. "The Development of Buddhism in Australia and New Zealand." In Westward Dharma: Buddhism beyond Asia, edited by Charles Prebish and Martin Baumann. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Tetley, Barry L. "Dhammadinna Centres." Buddhism Today: Journal of the Buddhist Federation of Australia, 2, 1987: 30-31. [Provides a brief overview of the aims and history of the Dhammadinna Centres located in Brisbane and Tasmania.]

Vasi, Shiva. The Religious Settlement of Zen Buddhism in Australia: A test case for Stark and Bainbridge's theory of religious conversion. Paper presented at the Australian Association for the Study of Religions conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1996.

Weerasooria, Wickrema. "Sri Lankans in Australia and Their Religions." In: Ata, Abe (I) Wade (ed). Religion and Ethnic Identity: An Australian study (volume 3). Richmond, Victoria: Spectrum Publications, 1989: 170-183.

Young, Nico. "The Buddhist Society of Queensland." Metta: Journal of the Buddhist Federation of Australia, 25 (3), 1983: 3-4: [Briefly discusses the history and aims of the Buddhist Society of Queensland.]

Internet Sources

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Please note that this bibliography is no longer being updated. Last updated: January 2003.