Buddhism and Politics in Thailand

Buddhism and Politics in Thailand
Date of publication:  1982
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  179
Code:  BM33

About the publication

This book studies the interaction of the Sangha (the community of monks) with politics and socio-political change in Thailand. Although the interaction of Buddhism and politics is recognized, it is seldom acknowledged and frequently denied. This paradox derives from two deeply rooted notions: first, that politics is "the dirtiest business" second, that only "pure" Buddhism and a "sound" Sangha can ensure the moral welfare of the nation, and their preservation in unadulterated form is critical for the survival of national unity.


  • Buddhism and Politics in Thailand
  • Preliminary pages
  • 1. Religion, Politics and Social Change: An Introductory Statement
  • 2. Political Patronage and Control Over the Sangha
  • 3. Socio-Political Change and the Rise of Political Monks
  • 4. Monks, Peasants, Injustice, and Reforms
  • 5. Communist Danger and Holy War on the Communists
  • 6. The Political Monks in Thailand: The Prospect
  • Bibliography
  • About the Author

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