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ERIC Number: EJ765690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-30
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Peace Amid Violence
Overland, Martha Ann
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n30 pA41 Mar 2007
When the doors of the International Buddhist College opened in the southern rural province of Songkhla in Thailand after nearly a decade of hard work and planning, the founders praised the achievement as the culmination of devotion, faith, and, of course, good karma. With its rare combination of secular academics and monastic life, the college is a place where monks and nuns, as well as lay people, can pursue Buddhist studies. Not one, but all three major traditions of Buddhism--Mahayana, Theravada, and Tibetan--are taught. And with no single language spoken by the religion's multitude of followers, English is the medium of instruction. However, not long after the college welcomed its first students in October 2004, a bomb tore through a column of monks and the soldiers guarding them in the neighboring province of Narathiwat. Buddhist schools were burned and teachers were gunned down on their way home. Several were shot and then beheaded. The attacks on Buddhists, particularly Buddhist teachers and schools, have come as a shock to the founders of the college, the Than Hsiang Buddhist order in neighboring Malaysia. They say they were unaware of the hatred simmering in southern Thailand when they were searching for a building site. To date, the order has invested more than $4.5-million in the project. In this article, the author discusses how International Buddhist College trains monastics in matters both spiritual and practical amid violence in the region.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia; Thailand