Buddhism, Power and Political Order

@inproceedings{Harris2007BuddhismPA,
  title={Buddhism, Power and Political Order},
  author={Ian M. Harris},
  year={2007}
}
Weber's claim that Buddhism is an otherworldly religion is only partially true. Early sources indicate that the Buddha was sometimes diverted from supramundane interests to dwell on a variety of politically-related matters. The significance of Asoka Maurya as a paradigm for later traditions of Buddhist kingship is also well-attested. However, there has been little scholarly effort to integrate findings on the extent to which Buddhism interacted with the political order in the classical and… 
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