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Tung Lin Kok Yuen present’s Buddhism Under Pol Pot


The Department of Humanities at the University of Toronto Scarborough, in partnership with Tung Lin Kok Yuen will host an informative lecture and discussion by TLKY Distinguished Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies, Dr. Ian Harris entitled “Buddhism Under Pol Pot” as part of the 2011-2012 Tung Lin Kok Yuen Perspectives on Buddhist Thought and Culture Series.

The public lecture given by Dr. Harris examines one modern experience of Buddhism encountering political conflict. Dr. Harris will look at the struggles of Buddhist monks in the face of a violent and repressive regime in Cambodia in the 1970s. He will consider the regional variations in the Khmer Rouge’s treatment of religion, the number of monks that perished, monastic survivors, the re-establishment of Cambodian Buddhism, and the development of Cambodia’s violent communist movement after the fall of Pol Pot.

Dr. Ian Harris is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cumbria. His current research interests focus on the modern and contemporary history of Cambodia, Buddhism and politics in Southeast Asia, Buddhist environmentalism, and landscape aesthetics. Dr. Harris has held previous visiting professor positions at the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia, the National University of Singapore, and the Documentary Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. His most recent books are Cambodian Buddhism: History and Practice and Buddhism Under Pol Pot.

The lecture will take place on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 7:00pm in room AA 112. Admission is free and members of the UTSC community and general public are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by sending an email to or by calling 416 208 4769.

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