The Role of rules in personal development and interpretations of the Vinaya in western countries

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Abstract

This paper deals with the issues surrounding, the teaching of a course on 'Buddhism and Law', in a Law School. To complete the analysis of the issues involved, I firstly, outline the background details of the students and my personal background in teaching 'Buddhism and Law'. Secondly, I address what I see the pedagogical challenges in this course and how I attempt to meet them. Thirdly, as the Vinaya is the basic code which defines monastic life and the students and are enthusiastic 'rule-interpreters', I concentrate the rest of the paper on the way I deal with the Vinaya in this course.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Dhamma in new lands
Subtitle of host publicationBuddhist philosophy and praxis : proceedings
EditorsKhammai Dhammasami, Padmasiri de Silva, Sarah Shaw, Dion Peoples, Jamie Cresswell, Toshiichi Endo
Place of PublicationThailand
PublisherInternational Association of Buddhist Universities
Pages263-273
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Association of Buddhist Universities Conference (2nd : 2012) - Bankok
Duration: 31 May 20122 Jun 2012

Conference

ConferenceInternational Association of Buddhist Universities Conference (2nd : 2012)
CityBankok
Period31/05/122/06/12

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