Buddhism’s Religious Resistance to Secularism

  • Trevor Ling

Abstract

Some observers might maintain that it is the ‘religious’ quality of Buddhism that is most likely to prove a weakness in the modern situation, and to affect adversely its ability to maintain its influence in the contemporary world. But to see the religious element in Buddhist culture as its area of weakness is, in the view of the present writer, a mistaken and superficial view of the matter. In fact, the recent history of the predominantly Buddhist countries of South-East Asia suggests that it is precisely their religious culture which offers the strongest resistance to Western secular materialism. It is therefore important that we should include here a brief review of that history.

Keywords

Europe Expense Nash Defend Havoc 

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Notes

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    Archbishop William Temple, Nature, Man and God (London, 1949), p. 36.Google Scholar

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© Trevor Ling 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Trevor Ling
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

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