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Buddhism and Politics in Twentieth-century Asia

Buddhism and Politics in Twentieth-century Asia
  

By examining issues such as left-right divisions in the monastic order, the rise of organized lay movements and Buddhist social activism, this books seeks to demonstrate that the emphasis on mediation and mental training is only one strand in this complex world-historical traditi... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780826451781
Published 1 August 2001 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New edition
Author(s) Edited by Harris, Ian
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ISBN-13 9780826451781
ISBN-10 0826451780
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publication Date 1 August 2001
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) Edited by Harris, Ian
Category Buddhism
Politics & Government
Number of Pages 314
Dimensions Width: 234mm
Height: 156mm
Spine: 16mm
Weight 443g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Buddhism and politics, Asia, History, 20th century
NBS Text Non-Christian Religions
ONIX Text College/higher education;General/trade;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 294.3377
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Historically, Buddhism has prospered in societies organized in accordance with the socio-political teachings of the Buddha. The 20th century has been a particularly traumatic time in its history, not least because traditional policies have been eroded as disparate factors, such as war, modernity, westernization, nationalization, capitalism, communism and ethnic conflict, have made their presence felt in the religion's Asian heartlands. In this study a team of international scholars assess the manner in which Buddhist organizations and individuals have resisted, come to terms with, or in some cases allied themselves with these forces. It has become customary for Westerners to view Buddhism as an otherworldly and introspective religion. By examining issues such as left-right divisions in the monastic order, the rise of organized lay movements, Buddhist social activism, as well as explicitly Buddhist-inspired political activity, this book seeks to demonstrate that the emphasis on meditation and mental training is only one strand in this richly complex world-historical tradition.

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Author's Bio

Ian Harris is Reader in Religious Studies at the University College of St. Martin, Lancaster. He has written extensively on contemporary Buddhist social activism, with particular emphasis on environmental issues.

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