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Buddhism and Law

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  • 4 b/w illus. 7 maps
  • Page extent: 407 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.77 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 342.508/52943
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: KNC615 .B83 2014
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Buddhists--Legal status, laws, etc.--Asia
    • Buddhism and law--Asia
    • RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist).--bisacsh

Library of Congress Record

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521515795)

As the first comprehensive study of Buddhism and law in Asia, this interdisciplinary volume challenges the concept of Buddhism as an apolitical religion without implications for law. Buddhism and Law draws on the expertise of the foremost scholars in Buddhist studies and in law to trace the legal aspects of the religion from the time of the Buddha to the present. In some cases, Buddhism provided the crucial architecture for legal ideologies and secular law codes, while in other cases it had to contend with a pre-existing legal system, to which it added a new layer of complexity. The wide-ranging studies in this book reveal a diversity of relationships between Buddhist monastic codes and secular legal systems in terms of substantive rules, factoring, and ritual practices. This volume will be an essential resource for all students and teachers in Buddhist studies, law and religion, and comparative law.

• The first ever book-length study of Buddhism and law across all regions of Asia and time periods • Challenges long-held assumptions about the current study of religion and law • Provides comprehensive coverage of every region of Asia where Buddhism was a major influence on society, law and politics

Contents

Introducing Buddhism and law Rebecca Redwood French and Mark A. Nathan; Part I. The Roots of Buddhism and Law in India: 1. Society at the time of the Buddha Kumkum Roy; 2. What the Vinayas can tell us about law Petra Kieffer-Pülz; 3. Keeping the Buddha's rules: the view from the Sūtra Piaka Rupert Gethin; 4. Proper possessions: Buddhist attitudes toward material property Jacob N. Kinnard; 5. On the legal and economic activities of Buddhist nuns: two examples from early India Gregory Schopen; Part II. Buddhism and Law in South and Southeast Asia: 6. Buddhism and law in Sri Lanka Sunil Goonasekera; 7. Flanked by images of our Buddha: community, law, and religion in a premodern Buddhist context Jonathan S. Walters; 8. The legal regulation of Buddhism in contemporary Sri Lanka Benjamin Schonthal; 9. Pāli Buddhist law in Southeast Asia Andrew Huxley; 10. Genres and jurisdictions: laws governing monastic inheritance in seventeenth-century Burma Christian Lammerts; Part III. Buddhism and Law in East Asia: 11. Buddhism and law in China: the emergence of distinctive patterns in Chinese history T. H. Barrett; 12. The ownership and theft of monastic land in Ming China Timothy Brook; 13. Buddhism and law in China: Qing Dynasty to the present Anthony Dicks; 14. Buddhism and law in Korean history: from parallel transmission to institutional divergence Mark A. Nathan; 15. Buddhism and law in Japan Brian Ruppert; 16. Relic theft in medieval Japan Bernard Faure; Part IV. Buddhism and Law in North Asia and the Himalayan Region: 17. Buddhism and law in Tibet Rebecca Redwood French; 18. Buddhist laws in Mongolia Vesna A. Wallace; 19. Karma, monastic law, and gender justice Karma Lekshe Tsomo; 20. Buddhism and constitutions in Bhutan Richard W. Whitecross.

Contributors

Rebecca Redwood French, Mark A. Nathan, Kumkum Roy, Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Rupert Gethin, Jacob N. Kinnard, Gregory Schopen, Sunil Goonasekera, Jonathan S. Walters, Benjamin Schonthal, Andrew Huxley, Christian Lammerts, T. H. Barrett, Timothy Brook, Anthony Dicks, Brian Ruppert, Bernard Faure, Vesna A. Wallace, Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Richard W. Whitecross

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