The Making of a Buddhist Heretic:A Case Study of Sky-Blue Sect

Kawanami, Hiroko (2020) The Making of a Buddhist Heretic:A Case Study of Sky-Blue Sect. Journal of Buddhism, Law & Society, 6 (2020-2). ISSN 2475-9279 (In Press)

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Abstract

I examine Mòpyar Gaing: a new Buddhist sect that came to prominence in Myanmar in the 1980s and its founder monk; U Nyanar, who was arrested in the early 1980s for propagating the concept of ‘this-worldly karma’, which posed a major challenge to traditional beliefs in karmic causality and rebirth in the conservative Theravada tradition. The article examines how his re-interpretation of Buddhist doctrine brought against him charges of heresy and eventually led to lengthy prison terms until his release in 2016.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Buddhism, Law & Society
Uncontrolled Keywords:
/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/aacsb/contributionstopractice
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ID Code:
150882
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Deposited On:
19 Jan 2021 16:02
Refereed?:
Yes
Published?:
In Press
Last Modified:
28 Feb 2021 08:51