By Hiroko Kawanami
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.
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Buddhism and the Political Process by Hiroko Kawanami