The Social Structure of Loving-Kindness in Buddhist Populations Of The ASEAN Region (And Neighbors) - A Sociological Analysis

José Rodríguez Díaz

Abstract


Doctrinal Buddhism is well known and studied by a large group of excellent Buddhist scholars, but much less is known about the ways Buddhism takes form in the values, visions, attitudes and actions of Buddhist people. This paper aims to contribute insight into the knowledge of the structural form socially taken by one of the main pieces in the Buddhist cosmovision: loving-kindness. The complex system of interconnections and influences among multiple structural, existential, spiritual, and loving-kindness elements (variables) produces the social structure of loving-kindness, which will be visualized and analyzed. The paper also focuses on the similarities and differences in the models of loving-kindness among countries of the ASEAN Region and neighboring
countries from a sociological point of view. It builds, and heavily relies on, graphic representations as new social maps to better understand the Buddhist social field.


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