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.
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