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Publisher: Routledge
ISBN10: 0415408695 ISBN13: 9780415408691 DDC: 294.309593 LCC: BQ566 Edition: (hbk.)


"This book examines two new Buddhist movements in Thailand, namely the Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Santi Asoke. These movements represent two distinctive trends within contemporary Buddhism in Thailand. Vastly different in belief and practice, they emerged in Thailand in the 1970s at a time of political uncertainty, social change and increasing dissatisfaction with the Thai Sangha and its leadership."--BOOK JACKET.


Includes index. Bibliography: p. 236-246. Review of scholarly literature on the Wat Phra Dhammakaya and Santi Asoke movements -- 1. Setting the scene : the religious and socio-political context of the development of the two movements -- 2. The inception and development of the Wat Phra Dhammakaya movement -- 3. An analysis of the Wat Phra Dhammakaya movement -- 4. The approach of Wat Phra Dhammakaya to spiritual development -- 5. The history of the Santi Asoke movement and a description of its various communities -- 6. The distinctives of Santi Asoke and an analysis of the movement -- 7. The approach of Santi Asoke to spiritual purification -- 8. Conclusion -- App. 1. Research methodology -- App. 2. Analysis of the Santi Asoke questionnaire.


  • LCC: BQ566
  • Dewey Decimal: 294.309593

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: xiii, 253 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
  • Edition Info: (hbk.)


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