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Angry Monk Syndrome on the World Stage: Tibet, Engaged Buddhism, and the Weapons of the Weak

  • John Whalen-Bridge

Abstract

Let us start with what “Angry Monk Syndrome” (AMS) is not. Actually, it refers to the phenomenon of protesting Buddhist monks, but what I will call AMS does not include Thai monks protesting about who would be the next abbot of their temple1:

The monastic elders in Thailand were busy with the Wat Sothorn monks’ protest two week ago over who would get to be the abbot of their rich temple… Here in Thailand, we just shook our heads wearily at the sight of angry monks trying to retain their grip on temple wealth. (Ekachai, 2009, n.p.)

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