Buddhism and Politics in 20th Century Asia by Ian Harris

By Ian Harris

Traditionally, Buddhism has prospered in societies equipped in line with the socio-political teachings of the Buddha. the 20 th century has been a very anxious time in Buddhism's background, now not least simply because conventional polities were eroded. Disparate elements, corresponding to battle, modernity, westernization, nationalization, capitalism, communism and ethnic clash, have made their presence felt within the religion's Asian heartlands. during this learn a crew of overseas students investigate the way during which Buddhist companies and contributors have resisted, come to phrases with, or at times allied themselves with those forces. It has turn into accepted for Westerners to view Buddhism as an otherworldly and introspective faith. via analyzing concerns reminiscent of left-right divisions within the monastic order, the increase of prepared lay hobbies, Buddhist social activism, in addition to explicitly Buddhist encouraged political task, this ebook demonstrates that the emphasis on meditation and psychological education is just one strand during this richly advanced, world-historical faith.

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By Ian Harris

Traditionally, Buddhism has prospered in societies equipped in line with the socio-political teachings of the Buddha. the 20 th century has been a very anxious time in Buddhism's background, now not least simply because conventional polities were eroded. Disparate elements, corresponding to battle, modernity, westernization, nationalization, capitalism, communism and ethnic clash, have made their presence felt within the religion's Asian heartlands. during this learn a crew of overseas students investigate the way during which Buddhist companies and contributors have resisted, come to phrases with, or at times allied themselves with those forces. It has turn into accepted for Westerners to view Buddhism as an otherworldly and introspective faith. via analyzing concerns reminiscent of left-right divisions within the monastic order, the increase of prepared lay hobbies, Buddhist social activism, in addition to explicitly Buddhist encouraged political task, this ebook demonstrates that the emphasis on meditation and psychological education is just one strand during this richly advanced, world-historical faith.

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The latter has traditionally been seen as the key to attaining better karma (kari) and ultimately salvation (nibban or nebari), and is the central incentive in religious life for Burmese Buddhism. 9 But as elsewhere in the Theravada world, so too in Burma there has long been an apotropaic form of Buddhism associated with magical protection, amulets and nat worship. This may not be exactly what cultural anthropologists call the Little Tradition, because it has its own literature, which is probably as old as the Pali Canon itself.

Despite a rapid rise in anti-clericalism in the 1920s, just under 10 per cent of the membership of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party [MPRP] were lamas in the early communist period. The separation of Church and State was first codified in the Constitution of 1924, the Jetsundamba's domains having been appropriated the year before,31 and by 1933 local courts were empowered to adjudicate in monastic disputes, depriving the sahgha of its last vestige of autonomy (Moses 1977, 232). Mongolian communists were also able to exploit the Tibeto-Mongolian legend-cycles of Gesar and messianic/millenial expectations connected with the return of a king of Shambala from the north by relating them to the Russian origins of Leninism (Sarkisyanz 1958).

1977) The Political Role of Mongol Buddhism. Bloomington, Ind: Indiana University Asian Studies Research Institute. Naquin, Susan (1976) Millenarian Rebellion in China: The Eight Trigrams Uprising of 1813. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. Nattier, Jan (1988) The Meanings of the Maitreya Myth: A Typological Analysis', in Sponberg, Alan and Helen Hardacre (eds) Maitreya, the Future Buddha. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 23-47. Nivat, Prince Dhani (1947) The Old Siamese Conception of the Monarchy', Journal of the Siam Society 36, 91-106.

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