Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Interview with 東蓮覺苑 (Tung Lin Kok Yuen) in Hong Kong
The questions (and the illustrations) largely concern the situation of Theravāda Buddhism within Yunnan (云南) but the answers cover a great deal of ground, both about my own research into Pali, about the historical and current situation of the religion in Southeast Asia, and so on. Politics are not omitted from the discussion.
It is credit to the editor that this was published (in a conservative, Buddhist newsletter) without censorship. This is another interesting example of an openly-religious publication being more willing to print both criticism and controversy than "secular Buddhist" publications are, in my experience.