Buddhism Betrayed?

Buddhism Betrayed? 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.

Dr Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah, Ph.D., was Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, specializing in studies of Thailand, Sri Lanka, and the Tamils, as well as the anthropology of religion and politics.

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Buddhism Betrayed?
  • Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah
  • English
  • 09 January 2018
  • 0226789500

10 thoughts on “Buddhism Betrayed?

  1. says:

    Buddhism is by most accounts the most peaceable of religions at least in the simplified version that the West has received, which leaves out Buddhist warriors in Mongolia, Japan and elsewhere Many have even called it passive This volume by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambish is a reminder of how any religion can be used for political purposes, even violent ones It is largely a history of how the Sinhalese Buddhists of newly independent Sri Lanka, including monks, performed that classic political trick Buddhism is by most accounts the most peaceable of religions at least in the simplified version that the West has received, which leaves out Buddhist warriors in Mongolia, Japan and elsewhere Many have even called it passive This volume by Stanley Jeyaraja Tambish is a reminder of how any religion can be used for political purposes, even violent ones It is largely a history of how the Sinhalese Buddhists of newly independent Sri Lanka, including monks, performed that classic political trick of making the majority focus their frustration on a minority in this case, the Hindu Tamils pushing the island toward a long civil war The recent end of that civil war is not covere...

  2. says:

    For anyone genuinely interested in the ROOT causes of the Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka, this one looks at, how, like anything taken to an extreme, Religion taken to an extreme betrayed played a part For a book that a...

  3. says:

    An explosion of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka occurred in the eighties between its Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority Particularly perplexing was that Sinhalese violence was hued with a Buddhist national exceptionalism This left a world audience baffled as atrocities against the Hindi Tamil minority seemed to conflict with the pacifist tenets of Buddhism In Buddhism Betrayed Religion, Politics, and Violence in Sri Lanka, Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah argues that to look at the conflagration so An explosion of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka occurred in the eighties between its Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority Particularly perplexing was that Sinhalese violence was hued with a Buddhist national exceptionalism This left a world audience baffled as atrocities against the Hindi Tamil minority seemed to conflict with the pacifist tenets of Buddhism In Buddhism Betrayed Religion, Politics, and Violence in Sri Lanka, Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah argues that to look at the conflagration solely in religious terms is a disservice to a much larger and complicated set of issues These issues are exacerbated by a post colonial effort to establish a Sinhalese cultural identity that selectively embraces ideas of Buddhism Through the pol...

  4. says:

    heading to sri lanka in november

  5. says:

    Overall, this was not a very compelling read The final chapter is awkward in that it is significantly longer than all of the other chapters and contains material that ought to have been woven in throughout the book There just was not enough Buddhism in this book for me What were the university educations like that the monks were receiving Views of reincarnation were mostly absent This book is primarily about politics An important motif is the bucolic ideal of the tank, temple, and rice fie Overall, this was not a very compelling read The final chapter is awkward in that it is significantly longer than all of the other chapters and contains material that ought to have been woven in throughout the book There just was not enough Buddhism in this book for me What were the university educations like that the monks were receiving Views of reincarnation were mostly absent This book is primarily about politics An important motif is the bucolic ideal of the tank, temple, and rice field The visions of a utopian past coul...

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