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The Buddha SideGender, Power, and Buddhist Practice in Vietnam$
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Alexander Soucy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835989

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835989.001.0001

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Space and the Ranking of Buddhisms

Space and the Ranking of Buddhisms

(p.37) 2 Space and the Ranking of Buddhisms
The Buddha Side

Alexander Soucy

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter studies the relationship between the state and religion during the last century. It starts with a description of the Buddhist Revival that began in the first part of the twentieth century, and how the state has promoted the view that Buddhist reformers put forward. The way that these state discourses play out is demonstrated through an introduction to two primary pagodas: Quan Su Pagoda, which is the state-backed representation of Buddhism; and Phuc Loc Pagoda, which is politically marginal and artistically embodies a more holistic cosmology that recognizes a range of potent and imminent supernatural actors. Ultimately, within the Buddhist context, the spirits are safely and actively ignored because they represent a presecular, premodern understanding of the cosmos, and are seen as inherently opposed to the imaginings of the historical Buddha.

Keywords:   Buddhist Revival, Buddhist reformers, Quan Su Pagoda, Phuc Loc Pagoda, holistic cosmology, historical Buddha

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