The demonstrations of monks in Tibet and Myanmar (Burma) in
recent times as well as the age-old conflict between a
predominantly Buddhist population and a Hindu minority in Sri Lanka
raises the question of how the issues of human rights and Buddhism
are related. The question applies both to the violation of basic
rights in Buddhist countries and to the defense of those rights
which are well-grounded in Buddhist teachings.
The volume provides academic essays that reflect this neglected
issue from the point of view of the three main Buddhist traditions:
Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. It provides multi-faceted and
surprising insights into a rather unlikely relationship.
Carmen Meinert is a sinologist and tibetologist, currently
working as a research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies
in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen (Germany) and teaches at the
University of Bochum.
Hans-Bernd Zollner teaches East Asian studies at the
Universities of Hamburg and Passau.
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