Tartan Buddhists: A typology for understanding participation in a Tibetan Buddhist organization in Scotland

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The purpose of this article is to provide a sociological typology for understanding the different types of practitioners within the Tibetan Buddhist organization, Rokpa International, in Scotland. It will be argued that the empirically derived criteria and Weber's (1978) sociological concepts of authority, power and status allow us to understand the tensions and mutually dependent relationship between the different types, in conclusion, it will be argued that, while this typology is not presented as a challenge to existing typologies, this article demonstrates the potential utility of these sociological concepts for understanding the practice and development of Buddhism in the West.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-28
Number of pages21
JournalFieldwork in Religion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012



  • authority
  • participants
  • power
  • Scotland
  • status
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • typology

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