The Buddha's precepts on respecting other races and religions?: Thinking about the relationship of ethnicity and Theravada Buddhism

Theravada Buddhism is often practised in contexts of significant ethnic diversity in Southeast Asia, but much scholarship has not sufficiently accounted for the role of this diversity in shaping the imagination of Theravada Buddhism among its practitioners in the region. Examination of Theravada Bud...

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Published in:Sojourn
Main Author: Borchert, Thomas (Author)
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: 2014
In:Sojourn
Year: 2014, Volume: 29, Issue: 3, Pages: 591-626
Further subjects:B Singapore Buddhism Ethnicity national communities / Ethnic
B Singapore Thailand Volksrepublik China (Südwesten) Religion Buddhism Ethnicity Volksgruppe / Ethnische Bevölkerungsgruppe
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Summary:Theravada Buddhism is often practised in contexts of significant ethnic diversity in Southeast Asia, but much scholarship has not sufficiently accounted for the role of this diversity in shaping the imagination of Theravada Buddhism among its practitioners in the region. Examination of Theravada Buddhist communities in the three very different contexts of Singapore, Southwest China and Thailand serves as the basis for consideration of this role. Despite the differences among these settings, Theravada Buddhism in each is shaped by state discourses on race and religion. The ways in which Theravada Buddhism and ethnicity in both local and state forms mark each other merits more attention. (Sojourn/GIGA)
ISSN:0217-9520
Contains:In: Sojourn