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Battling the Buddha of LoveA Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built$
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Jessica Marie Falcone

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501723469

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.001.0001

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Contested Notions of Ethics, Values, and Progress

(p.196) Chapter 8 Loving-Kindness/MAITRI
Battling the Buddha of Love

Jessica Marie Falcone

Cornell University Press

Chapter eight studies the concepts of Buddhist morality that undergird the “engaged Buddhist” aspirations of FPMT, and its MPI offshoot. The chapter places “engaged Buddhism” in contrast with the top-down development practices that were at work in Kushinagar and embedded in the MPI plans. Using the concept of “develop-mentality,” the chapter looks at how the concept of modernization, economic development and progress are deployed and interpreted by various stake-holders in the conflict.

Keywords:   Economic development, Engaged Buddhism, Land acquisition, Indian politics, modernization

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