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Educating MonksMinority Buddhism on China's Southwest Border$
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Thomas A. Borchert

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824866488

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824866488.001.0001

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The Fragility of Autonomy

The Fragility of Autonomy

Curricular Education at Dhamma Schools

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Educating Monks

Thomas A. Borchert

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the education of Dai-lue monastics in the Dhamma Schools of Sipsongpannā. The focus is on the largest such school in the region which has been dedicated to creating a cohort of Dai-lue monks who understand the connection between Dai-lue culture and Buddhism, and see that their job is to help preserve both. At the same time, the program at the school is conditioned by Chinese discourses on and policies for minorities. As a result, while the monks have autonomy to develop a Buddhist curriculum, there are clear limits on how far they can develop their program.

Keywords:   autonomy, minorities – shaoshu minzu, tourism, education Dhamma School, curricula, Sipongpannā, Daizu

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