Title Burma?s Mass Lay Meditation Movement: Buddhism and the Cultural Construction of Power (Ohio RIS Southeast Asia Series)
Binding PERFECT PAPERBACK
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher Ohio University Press
0896802558 / 9780896802551
Seller ID SKU1044794
0896802558 Very good condition. Light shelf wear to covers/corners. Photo is of actual item. Trade paperback binding. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.
"Burma's Mass Lay Meditation Movement: Buddhism and the Cultural Construction of Power" describes a transformation in Buddhist practice in contemporary Burma. This revitalization movement has had real consequences for how the oppressive military junta, in power since the early 1960s, governs the country.
Drawing on more than ten years of extensive fieldwork in Burma, Ingrid Jordt explains how vipassana meditation has brought about a change of worldview for millions of individuals, enabling them to think and act independently of the totalitarian regime. She addresses human rights as well as the relationship between politics and religion in a country in which neither the government nor the people clearly separates the two. Jordt explains how the movement has been successful in its challenge to the Burmese military dictatorship where democratically inspired resistance movements have failed.
Jordt's unsurpassed access to the centers of political and religious power in Burma becomes the reader's opportunity to witness the political workings of one of the world's most secretive and tyrannically ruled countries. "Burma's Mass Lay Meditation Movement" is a valuable contribution to Buddhist studies as well as anthropology, religious studies, and political science.