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Fluid Boundaries, Institutional Segregation And Sexual Tolerance In Thai Buddhism

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One of the most interesting developments of Thai Buddhism in the past decade has been the emergence of ultra-rightist Buddhist groups. This chapter explicates the Buddhist conception of identity as based on fluid boundaries. This philosophical basis for tolerance is analysed from three inter-related dimensions, namely, ethics, temporality and ontological truth. The chapter offers a re-reading of the Buddha's initial reluctance and final decision to allow female ordination and argues that the Eight Heavy Rules indicate an institutional segregation which serves as a compromise by the Buddha with his sangha and with secular society. The compromise was instituted in the Eight Heavy Rules in order to respect women's right to pursue a spiritual path as a nun. The chapter further argues that this re-reading indicates the misuse of those Eight Heavy Rules by the present day sangha establishment.

Keywords: Eight Heavy Rules; sangha; sexual tolerance; Thai Buddhism; women's right



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