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    Individual enlightenment and social responsiblity: on the sociological interpretations of the Holy Monk Khruba Boonchum 

    Dayweinda Yeehsai; Giordano, John (Assumption University Press, 2018)

    This paper will assess some sociological interpretations of Theravada Buddhism and Holy Monks which rely on such concepts as charisma, millenarianism and utopianism. In the past, sociologiests like Weber and Murti misinterpreted Buddhism as focusing upon individual enlightenment rather than the welfare of society. But these interpretations of Theravāda Buddhism overlook that the Buddhist concept of enlightenment has a deep relationship with social development and social responsibilities. Buddhism has a highly developed sociological basis ...