Buddhism Betrayed?: Religion, Politics, and Violence in Sri Lanka / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
(Save 31%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $7.84
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 65%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (18) from $7.84   
  • New (8) from $17.89   
  • Used (10) from $7.84   


This volume seeks to answer the question of how the Buddhist monks in today's Sri Lanka--given Buddhism's traditionally nonviolent philosophy--are able to participate in the fierce political violence of the Sinhalese against the Tamils.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

For the benefit of general readers, both inside and outside of academia, who have put all their peace and freedom eggs in the Buddhist basket, Tambiah (professor of anthropology and curator of South Asian ethnology at the Peabody Museum at Harvard U.) probes the extent to which, and the manner in which, Buddhism, as a espoused by Sri Lankans of the late 19th and the 20th centuries, has contributed to the current ethnic conflict and collective violence in Sri Lanka. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Question 1
2 The Period of Buddhist Revivalism, 1860-1915 5
3 Politics and Constitutional Progress, 1915-1946 9
4 Radical Monks and the Legitimation of Monks' Participation in Politics 15
5 The Betrayal and Restoration of Buddhism: Accusations and Remedies 22
6 The Betrayal of Buddhism: Report of the Committee of Inquiry 30
7 The Social Revolution of 1956 and Its Aftermath 42
8 The Restoration of Buddhism and the Transformation of Education in the 1960s and 1970s 58
9 The 1970s and 1980s: The Deepening Crisis 66
10 The Mavbima Surakime Vyaparaya (MSV): The Movement for the Protection of the Motherland 80
11 Monks and Violence Face to Face 95
12 The Parameters of Buddhist Nationalism and Buddhist Democracy 102
13 Epilogue: Sinhalese Identity: The Legacy of the Past 129
Appendix: Testing Some Charges in The Betrayal of Buddhism 183
References 189
Index 195
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)