Buddhism, Education and Politics in Burma and Thailand: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present (Hardback)Khammai Dhammasami (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
A thought-provoking and impressively referenced publication on the role of education in the past, present and future of Buddhism. The author lucidly explains the changing role of the Sangha and the often-sobering implications. This seminal work provides an essential perspective for many different disciplines. Most obviously are education and religious studies, but the insights on past royal and monastic relationships offer vital lessons to ensure a sustainable future for Buddhist cultural heritage. * Elizabeth Moore, Professor of South East Asian Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London, UK *
The Buddhist monastic education in Burma and Thailand from the early modern period to the present and its current predicament is analysed here by one of the most knowledgeable and versatile members of the Sangha, deeply involved in both traditions, and has himself followed through the system of education he discusses. With his wide exposure to both traditional Asian and modern Western academic traditions, the author draws from a wide variety of sources, and analyses the two monastic education systems with remarkable objectivity and impartiality. The end result is a future-oriented work forging a middle path between idealism and pragmatism. * Asanga Tilakaratne, Senior Professor of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka *
In this book, Ven. Dhammasami provides an overview of the history of monastic syllabus in Burma and in Thailand since the 17th century. He highlights changes in the interface between the Sangha and the monarchy/state. Government and lay organizations have increasingly formalized and shaped monastic education over time, including standardizing syllabuses and examinations on a national basis. This leaves little scope for local innovation and meeting of student objectives. Ven. Dhammasami's excellent authoritative work is extremely valuable as an insider's view of Sangha education and will serve as valuable landmark at a time of reform. * Gustaaf Houtman, Editor at Anthropology Today for the Royal Anthropological Institute, UK *
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