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Newsweek: Armies of the Enlightened

Throughout Asia, Buddhism is growing fast, playing an increasingly political—and, in some spots, militant—role

Author: Christian Caryl
March 1, 2008


This article examines how some followers of Buddhism, a religion that encourages detachment from worldly desires and feelings, are influencing government and picking up arms. A fast growing religion, Buddhists are increasingly visible – Burma, Thailand, and Tibet have all seen Buddhist uprisings since 2006 – and prominent on the world stage. Christian Caryl explains how meditative becomes militant.

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