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Fluid Boundaries, Institutional Segregation And Buddhist Sexual Tolerance: A Response (1)

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The 'Boundaries and Segregations' theme was initially introduced by the organisers of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) Congress with the statement that 'Religions offer epistemological schemes to understand, evaluate, and order objects, events, and humans in the world. Professor Satha-Anand's paper is particularly concerned in her discussion of Thai Buddhism, and the differences between the monks and nuns of the Theravada Buddhist sangha. Professor Satha-Anand uses the methods of philosophical analysis to show how Buddhist ontology, ethics, and the understanding of temporality provide strong grounds for cultivating tolerance at the theoretical level, but how in practice there exists a lack of religious tolerance among the Thai sangha, the state and society. The institutional segregation of the Buddhist male and female sangha is also discussed in Satha-Anand's paper.

Keywords: Buddhist; fluid boundaries; IAHR Congress; institutional segregation; Professor Satha-Anand; Thai Buddhism; Theravada Buddhist sangha



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