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By Hiroko Kawanami

ISBN-10: 1137574003

ISBN-13: 9781137574008

ISBN-10: 134984747X

ISBN-13: 9781349847471

In its interpretation of Buddhism either as a cultural background and social ideology, this edited quantity seeks to appreciate how Buddhist values and international perspectives have impacted at the political means of many nations in Asia. of their respective paintings in Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Japan and Tibet, the participants interact with an interactive typology initially proposed through the overdue Ian Harris, to whom the ebook is devoted. Adopting an interdisciplinary technique, they discover the interplay among Buddhism and politics, non secular authority and political strength, contemplating matters that situation the politicization of priests, proliferation of violence, management, citizenship, democracy and communalism on the way to additional comprehend the interface among Buddhism and politics in sleek and modern times.

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Is Buddhist conflict with the political more likely to break out in some institutional settings rather than in others? • Are countries/specific forms of Buddhism settling into particular frameworks and sangha attitudes toward the political? • Are there any interesting patterns to these interactions that we could try to say something about? Just some stray thoughts . . 6 Notes 1. Troeltsch, E. (1923) Christian Thought (London: University Press), p. 157. 2. Davidson, R. M. (2002) Indian Esoteric Buddhism (New York: Columbia University Press).

28 Reducing the conflict to a Manichaean battle between two groups that wear different colored shirts flattens out a social conflict that is often much more complicated beneath the surface. Thailand is a country where people, again stereotypically, prefer to avoid direct conflict, and the colored shirts, which serve to represent a number of divisions in Thai society, have brought out in a very visible way conflicts that it has become impossible for many Thais to ignore. It is in this context of heightened conflict that I have been asking Thai people what it means for Buddhist monks to be citizens.

Ed. (1978b) Religion and the Legitimation of Power in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia (Chambersburg: ANIMA Books); and Tambiah, S. J. (1976) World Conqueror, World Renouncer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Jackson, P. (1990) Buddhism, Legitimation and Conflict (Singapore: ISEAS). Blackburn, A. (2001) Buddhist Learning and Textual Practice in EighteenthCentury Lankan Monastic Culture (Princeton: Princeton University Press). Blackburn, Locations of Buddhism. Hill, A. M. (1998) Merchants and Migrants (New Haven: Yale Southeast Asia Studies), p.

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