What links these different cases is that they reveal that the lived experience of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia
is a nexus of relationships and discourses on religion, ethnicity broadly construed and nationality.
(2) How influential is Buddhism in Southeast Asia
? We attempt to answer these questions by using historical documents, current news articles, and interviews from practicing Buddhist monks, leaders of Buddhist organizations, and scholars who specialize in history and religious studies in Asian countries to examine various countries of Southeast Asia.
Building on the lifelong research of Christian Hooykaas, Anthony Christie, in "Buddhism in Southeast Asia
: an Anecdotal Survey," discusses the relationship between Saiva and Buddhist ritualists in modern Bali.
(79) See Prapod Assavavirulhakarn, The ascendancy of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia
(Chiang Mai: Silkworm, 2010), pp.
Magic and related kinds of phenomena have long presented a problem in the study of Buddhism in Southeast Asia
. In part this is because those studying Buddhism have had a tendency to privilege textual forms of Buddhism and, in particular, the imagined original Buddhist community which scholars among other actors have reconstructed from these very texts.