Buddhist Backgrounds of the Burmese Revolution by Manuel Sarkisyanz

By Manuel Sarkisyanz

Softcover e-book from 1965, principally in line with box study in Burma subsidized via the Guggenheim starting place of big apple (1959). The authors situation is with cultural backgrounds of Burmese socialism instead of with info of political technique and association. the way Burmas rulers have conscripted Buddhist inspiration and teachings inside of a central authority framework is roofed.

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It is only since the introduction of Buddhism that the earliest historical sources - in the nature of inscriptions - appeared in what is now Burma. It is mainly to provide illustrations of the basic idea of Buddhism, the Impermanence of all Existence, the cyclical regularity and causality of endless change, that Burmese historiography was conceived. As other branches of knowledge in the Medieval Occident served theology, so in the Buddhist tradition of Burma, the recording of the past served mainly didactic functions of exemplifying the transitory nature of all things.

The legacy of their floating sway has enriched posterity forever. It was they who made the sun-scorched wilderness, the solitary plain ... , to blossom forth into the architectural magnificence of Pagan ... To them the world owes in great measure the preservation of Theravada Buddhism, one of the purest faiths mankind had ever known. Brahmanism had strangled it in the land of its birth; in Ceylon its existence was threatened again and again ... , but the Kings of Burma never wavered, and at Pagan the stricken faith found a city of refuge.

Vijayavardhana], Dharma-Vijaya (Triumph 01 Righteousness) or the Revolt in the Temple (Colombo, 1953), p. 3. 6 Inscription on king Tryaph~a of 1375: C. Duroiselle, A List 01 inscriptions lound in Burma, Part I (Rangoon, 1921), No. D. 1300-1400," in: JBRS, XLII, ii (December, 1959), p. 130. 7 Shway Yoe, The Burman, his lile and notions (London, 1896), p. 96. 8 F. Trager (Editor), Burma, Human Relation Area Files INew Haven, 1956, unpublished), pp. 247f. BUDDHIST TRADITIONS OF BURMA'S HISTORY 5 Fonnidable geographical barriers separating Bunna from its major neighbors, India and China, contributed to this consciousness of exclusiveness and to an emphasis on the uniqueness of Bunna's pristine Buddhist tradition.

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