By Rebecca Redwood French, Mark A. Nathan

ISBN-10: 0521515793

ISBN-13: 9780521515795

ISBN-10: 0521734193

ISBN-13: 9780521734196

Because the first entire learn of Buddhism and legislation in Asia, this interdisciplinary quantity demanding situations the concept that of Buddhism as an apolitical faith with no implications for legislations. Buddhism and legislations attracts at the services of the key students in Buddhist reviews and in legislations to track the felony elements of the faith from the time of the Buddha to the current. at times, Buddhism supplied the an important structure for criminal ideologies and secular legislations codes, whereas in different circumstances it needed to cope with a preexisting felony method, to which it further a brand new layer of complexity. The wide-ranging reports during this e-book show a variety of relationships among Buddhist monastic codes and secular criminal structures by way of sizeable principles, factoring, and formality practices. This quantity might be a necessary source for all scholars and lecturers in Buddhist stories, legislations and faith, and comparative legislations.

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There are two interesting possibilities for Buddhism in terms of taxonomies within the Comparative Law method. The first would be to include Buddhism as a legal tradition in Comparative Law discourse. The robust, influential, and enduring legal systems described in this volume provide ample evidence of Buddhism’s indispensable position in the Comparative Law world. The second possibility is for scholars in Buddhist Studies and related disciplines to consider what different types of traditions arise when looking at the breadth of Buddhism and Law across Asia.

Several of the papers in this volume have concentrated on this important issue. The Buddha has a unique position as a lawgiver within the tradition that warrants future study. Furthermore, a serious examination of how the Vinaya affects the relationships among, first, Buddhist monasteries and nunneries, second, the local populations of lay Buddhists that support the sa˙ngha, and third, the political complexities of the local, regional and state governments, is essential to the study of Buddhism and Law.

One final aspect of Legal History displayed in these papers is the construction of a myth of the state to explain the relationship between Buddhism and the state. Vesna Wallace, in Chapter  on Buddhism and Law in Mongolia, suggests that this construction of a legal mythic history for a Buddhist state can be extremely important in establishing a regime’s historical legitimacy. In Mongolia, the dual-law notion from India – dharma law and state law – was propagated as early as the late-sixteenth century.

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