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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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(p.168) Conclusion
Buddhism in a Dark Age

Ian Harris

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter returns to the developments in Buddhism during the PRK period and beyond in discussing the struggles of these Cambodian Buddhists in the face of changing sociopolitical climes. As well, it considers the underlying themes present in all regimes since colonial times in their treatment of Buddhism. On a broader scale the chapter examines how the run-up to the first post-Democratic Kampuchea elections in May 1993 marked a turning point in Buddhist engagement with the international community. It then shifts the discussion inward to analyze Theravāda Buddhist perspectives on such a desperate period in its Cambodian history, remarking on the implications and consequences this holds for the Buddhists, and the actions they have taken in moving forward from their troubled past.

Keywords:   Cambodian Buddhists, PRK, Democratic Kampuchea elections, international community, Theravāda Buddhism, social change, political change

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