Gesar Temur


Visiting Fellow


  • B.Psych (Uni SA)
  • Grad Dip Ed (Adelaide Uni)
  • BA(Hons) (Adelaide Uni)
  • PhD (ANU)

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Gesar Temur

At the ANU in 2014, Dr. Gesar Temur completed his doctoral thesis entitled “The Resurgence of the Dharma: Transnational Buddhism in Contemporary Mongolia”. Through an examination of practices at a lay Buddhist centre, his sociological and ethnographic research critically analyses the effects of the hybridisation emerging in contemporary Buddhism in Mongolia where traditional religion is being revived in the era of Globalisation. His PhD thesis placed emphasis on the attraction of a Western form of Buddhism to modern Mongolians and its relationship to the country’s economic, political and social agendas. The thesis explored psychological aspects of teachings about ‘being your own therapist’ fostered by transnational Buddhism and its relevance to both lay students and traditional monastics in Mongolia.

Gesar has always been drawn to explorations surrounding the relationship between Eastern philosophy and Western Psychology. His interests also extend to investigating Mongolia’s Third Neighbour Foreign Policy, theories of globalisation, internationalisation and multilateralism between Australia and Asia.

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