Buddhism, Modernity, and the State in Asia: Forms of Engagement

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Buddhism, Modernity, and the State in Asia explores the relationships between Buddhism and various nations in South, Southeast, and East Asia. Rather than promulgating a "Buddhist exceptionalism" in which Buddhist actors and institutions transcend politics, Pattana Kitiarsa and John Whalen-Bridge have assembled a collection of essays that closely examine the ways in which Buddhism and Asian Modernities are constantly interacting with and conditioning each other. Instead of presenting a monolithic vision of ...
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Overview

Buddhism, Modernity, and the State in Asia explores the relationships between Buddhism and various nations in South, Southeast, and East Asia. Rather than promulgating a "Buddhist exceptionalism" in which Buddhist actors and institutions transcend politics, Pattana Kitiarsa and John Whalen-Bridge have assembled a collection of essays that closely examine the ways in which Buddhism and Asian Modernities are constantly interacting with and conditioning each other. Instead of presenting a monolithic vision of Buddhism, this volume treats particular situations in Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam to demonstrate the wide variety of forms and influences that Buddhism has taken in its many consequential roles in Asian political history.
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"This collection broadens our understanding of what Engaged Buddhism is and what it isn't. The grass-roots movements for peace and justice that arose in the 1950s in India, Tibet, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka were termed 'engaged' by monks, laypeople and scholars, who saw their nonviolent methods as expressions of spiritual practice. This volume places these movements alongside the rise of monastic corruption, state-sponsored terrorism, ethnic cleansing and guerrilla theater - all in the name of Buddhism. This book is a valuable synopsis of a new wave of cautionary scholarship." - Christopher Queen, Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University, US, and Co-editor of Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia, Engaged Buddhism in the Wes t, an d Action Dharma: New Studies in Engaged Buddhism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137332943
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Whalen-Bridge is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at National University of Singapore.
 
Kitiarsa Pattana is Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: 'Buddhist Politics' as Emptiness: History and the Forms of Engagement in Asia; Pattana Kitiarsa and John Whalen-Bridge
PART I: DEPENDENT ORIGINATIONS AND CHANGING DESTINATIONS
1. Buddhists Confront the State; Charles F. Keyes
2. 'Foremost among Religions': Theravada Buddhism's Affairs with the Modern Sri Lankan State; Mahinda Deegalle
3. Schools, Ritual Economies and the Expanding State: The Changing Roles of Lao Buddhist Monks as 'Traditional Intellectuals'; Patrice Ladwig
PART II: THE POLITICAL ROLE OF SACRED THINGS
4. After Pol Pot: Cambodia and the Building of a New Stupa; John Amos Marston
5. The Relic and the Rule of Righteousness: Reflections on U Nu's Dhammavijaya; Tilman Frasch
6. Sacred Site or Public Space? The Shwedagon Pagoda in Colonial Rangoon; Donald Seekins
PART III: MONKS, NUNS, AND…TREES
7. Angry Monk Syndrome on the World Stage: Tibet, Engaged Buddhism, and the Weapons of the Weak; John Whalen-Bridge
8. Rebirth Control: Contemporary Inner Mongolian Buddhism and the Religious Authority of the Chinese State; Jonathan Mair
9. Do Buddhist 'Nuns' Need the Thai Sangha?; Monica Lindberg Falk
10. Sacred Protests and Buddhist Environmental Knowledge; Susan M. Darlington
Index
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