Comparative Analysis: “Buddhism Is Not a Suicidal Utopianism”

  • Peter Lehr


In this chapter, the findings of the three case studies will be discussed, compared, and textualized. The ‘thick descriptions’ of the previous three chapters will be investigated for similarities and dissimilarities in the first step, to then use the general framework established in the introduction to situate them in the broader context of religion and politics in general, and in the narrower regional context in particular. Parallels with other religions will be highlighted, and it will finally be asked how Buddhist this ‘Buddhist violence’ in the three states Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand actually is: is Buddhism in the driving seat here, or are those scholars right who see religion at large as an epiphenomenon only?


Defensive violence Under siege Justification of violence Cosmology Holy wars Holy lands Buddhadesa Dharmacracy Epiphenomenon 


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  • Peter Lehr
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  1. 1.School of International RelationsUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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