As the first comprehensive study of Buddhism and law in Asia, this
interdisciplinary volume challenges the concept of Buddhism as an
apolitical religion without implications for law. Buddhism and Law
draws on the expertise of the foremost scholars in Buddhist studies
and in law to trace the legal aspects of the religion from the time
of the Buddha to the present. In some cases, Buddhism provided the
crucial architecture for legal ideologies and secular law codes,
while in other cases it had to contend with a pre-existing legal
system, to which it added a new layer of complexity. The
wide-ranging studies in this book reveal a diversity of
relationships between Buddhist monastic codes and secular legal
systems in terms of substantive rules, factoring, and ritual
practices. This volume will be an essential resource for all
students and teachers in Buddhist studies, law and religion, and
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