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Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 61. What is the Relationship between Buddhism and Politics?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40803


On the one hand, many Buddhist teachings tend to discourage engagement with politics in favor of a monastic life. On the other hand, throughout its history, Buddhist institutions have relied on government support for its survival and have actively sought the patronage of politicians, aristocrats, and merchants.

Chapter Contributors

  • Brian Black ( - Black250336707) 'University of Lancaster'