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Precarious Balance

Sinhala Buddhism and the Forces of Pluralism (Studies in Religion and Culture)

Bardwell L. Smith


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Since the third century BCE, when the king of Sri Lanka converted to Buddhism, the island nation off the southern coast of India has represented a central interest of Buddhist scholarship. The association between its politics and religious life has not always remained harmonious, however. In this valuable book, renowned religious scholar Bardwell Smith elucidates the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka from the time of one of its earliest rulers through to its present-day strife. The essays collected here for the first time explore various themes of Sri Lanka's long history in novel and constructive ways. With a new introduction and final chapter, Smith sheds fresh light on today's Sri Lanka, connecting historical studies with contemporary issues.

University of Virginia Press, 9780813945378, 208pp.

Publication Date: August 18, 2022