Buddhist Belief & Practice in the Sri Lanka Army


To refrain from taking any life is Buddhism defined. How then do Buddhist soldiers go to war in the full knowledge that they are required to perform a deed which ensures negative karma in this life and the next? Daniel Kent, Assistant Professor in religious studies at the University of Virginia presents some startling insights resulting from research and discussion with soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army.

Download his doctoral dissertation,  [Shelter For You, Nirvana For Our Sons: Buddhist Belief and Practice in the Sri Lankan Army (2008) [PDF file].

3 Responses to Buddhist Belief & Practice in the Sri Lanka Army

  1. Pingback: Buddhist Belief & Practice in the Sri Lanka Army | Thuppahi's Blog

  2. Sinha Basnayake says:

    Am eager to read the thesis, but reluctant to download 190 odd pages. Will the thesis be published as a book? Also, Daniel Kent does not now seem to be part of the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies at Virginia.

  3. Mango says:

    Actually you can download the entire PDF to your PC and read it on there. Not sure about his whereabouts.. sorry.

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