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Buddhism in a Dark AgeCambodian Monks under Pol Pot$
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Ian Harris

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835613

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835613.001.0001

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Dealing with Monks

Dealing with Monks

(p.64) Chapter Four Dealing with Monks
Buddhism in a Dark Age

Ian Harris

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on direct contact between Khmer communists and Buddhist monks. After providing some background on the communists' first formal contacts with the monks as well as the struggles between both sides, the chapter describes a number of ways the Khmer Rouge had mobilized these monks—through forced labor, evacuations, defrocking, forced marriage, and military service. In addition, the chapter discusses the implications these methods hold for monks struggling to uphold Theravāda Buddhism, which provides certain religious restrictions and justifications that the Khmers have violated in attempting to mold these monks into productive members of society. The chapter also considers some options for the monks to escape these methods, such as fleeing the country outright.

Keywords:   Khmer communists, Buddhist monks, forced labor, monk evacuations, defrocking, forced marriage, military service, Theravāda Buddhism, vinaya

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