budd2 - Buddhism in South-east Asia Burma Buddhism What is...

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Buddhism in South-east Asia Burma Buddhism What is Burma? Burma is the former and more familiar name of the country now officially known as Myanmar. The Burmese chronicles claim that Buddhaghosa visited the country and established a tradition of Pali scholarship. The largest monastic sect or gaing in Burma is the Thudhamma . After the mission of Chapata to Sri Lanka, the Burmese sangha at Pagan split into two divisions known as the Purimagana and the Paccagana . The Thudhamma comprised nearly 89% of all monks by 1980. The “golden age ” of the Burma was the second half of the nineteenth century which lasted from 1852-1857. Thai Buddhism In Thailand, Buddhism plays a leading role in all aspects of national life and has been the official religion since the Buddhist Order Act of 1902 . This measure created a religious hierarchy overseen by the Supreme Patriarch who is appointed by the King.
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2008 for the course RS ST 4 taught by Professor Wallace during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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