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Shelter for You Nirvana for Our Sons Buddhist Belief and Practice in the Sri Lankan Army

Kent, Daniel Webster
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Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Kent, Daniel Webster
Advisor
Lang, Karen
Abstract
ShelterForYou,NirvanaForOurSons:BuddhistBeliefandPracticeintheSriLankan ArmyexploresthedecisionsandethicalevaluationsmadebySriLankanBuddhists participatinginthecountry'stwenty-five-yearcivilwar.Ratherthansearchingfor Buddhistjustificationsorauthorizationsofwarfare,thisdissertationfocusesonthe experiencesofindividualBuddhistswhoparticipatedirectlyorindirectlyinthewar eort.Thisdissertationisorganizedaroundthreebasicquestions:1)Domonksand soldiersbelievethatnegativekarmaiscreatedwhenindividualsfiretheirweaponsat theenemy?2)Howdomonkspreachtosoldierswhoareheadingotothe battlefield?3)Howdoparentsmourntheirsonswhohavediedincombat?By questioninghowcontemporarySriLankanBuddhistsevaluatethesedicultethical decisions,thisworkdemonstrateshowthedoctrineofkarmaisusedasan interpretivedeviceforunderstandingactionsonthebattlefieldaswellastheir consequencesforbothsoldiersandtheirfamilies. Note: Abstract extracted from PDF text
Language
English
Date Received
20140123
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Religious Studies, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2008
Published Date
2008-12-01
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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