Defining Buddhism

Torkel Brekke

in Makers of Modern Indian Religion in the Late Nineteenth Century

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780199252367
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602047 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Oriental Monographs

 Defining Buddhism

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Anagarika Dharmapala was the most important reformer of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 19th century. He espoused a Protestant Buddhism that blurred the traditional roles of monk and layman. It advocated right of lay people to engage in the high soteriological religion, and to strive for nirvana. One of his foremost legacies is inventing the role of the Anagarika, the person between the order of monks and the laity.

Keywords: Buddhism; Sri Lanka; religion; Anagarika Dharmapala

Chapter.  8696 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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