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Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in MyanmarCultural Narratives, Colonial Legacies, and Civil Society$
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Juliane Schober

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833824

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833824.001.0001

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Civil Buddhism in a Colonial Context

Civil Buddhism in a Colonial Context

(p.62) 4 Civil Buddhism in a Colonial Context
Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar

Juliane Schober

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the modern Buddhist communities that emerged in response to the decline of the traditional culture and linked to transnational organizations that sought to propagate Buddhist ideas in new ways. In this context of transnational modern Buddhism, a different kind of organization emerged, one emphasizing lay authority and mobilizing communities to work toward a new modern form of Buddhist nationalism. In particular, the chapter studies the Young Men's Buddhist Association (YMBA), its accomplishments and eventual submergence within a wider nationalist struggle. The emergence of this association was framed by Burma's colonial realities and its development intersected with multiple transnational contexts.

Keywords:   Buddhist communities, traditional culture, transnational organizations, Buddhist ideas, YMBA, colonial realities

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