Buddhism, Power and Political Order
Early sources indicate that the Buddha was sometimes diverted from supramundane interests to dwell on a variety of politically-related matters. This title brings together contributions of various minds in the study of Buddhism in Southeast Asia expanding the nature of what is kno... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||Theravada Buddhism - Political aspects, Buddhism and state - Southeast Asia
||College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Description of this Book
Weber's claim that Buddhism is an otherworldly religion is only partially true. Early sources indicate that the Buddha was sometimes diverted from supramundane interests to dwell on a variety of politically-related matters. The significance of Asoka Maurya as a paradigm for later traditions of Buddhist kingship is also well-attested. However, there has been little scholarly effort to integrate findings on the extent to which Buddhism interacted with the political order in the classical and modern states of Theravada Asia into a wider, comparative study. This volume brings together the brightest minds in the study of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. Their contributions create a more coherent account of the relations between Buddhism and political order in the late pre-modern and modern period by questioning the contested relationship between monastic and secular power. In doing so, they expand the very nature of what is known as the 'Theravada'. Buddhism, Power and Political Order offers new insights for scholars of Buddhism, and it will stimulate new debates.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||'Most of the single chapters present new and highly interesting material and for scholars dealing with the region, and students with an interest in Buddhism and politics, this volume is essential reading' - Patrice Ladwig, University of Bristol, Southeast Asian Studies, Vol 40/3, 2009
Ian Harris is Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Cumbria and was Senior Scholar at the Becket Institute, St. Hugh's College, University of Oxford from 2001-4. He is co-founder of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies and has written widely on aspects of Buddhist ethics. His most recent book is Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice (2005) and he is currently responsible for a research project on Buddhism and Cambodian Communism at the Documentation Center of Cambodia [DC-Cam], Phnom Penh.