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MANY EUROPEAN & SOME ASIAN NATIONS USED RELIGION & THEIR MONARCHIES COMBINED TO TAX & CONTROL THEIR NATIONS[KINGDOMS]  DID THE RULERS OF INDIA, CHINA, & OTHER ASIAN NATIONS FORCE THE BUDDAH FOLLERS & WORSHIPERS TO HONOR & OR PAY TRIBUTE TO THE KING[RULER]???  MAYBE A POORLY WORDED QUESTION  JUST TRYING TO FIND OUT HOW RELIGION & STATE COOPERATED/////THANKS,

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Hi Tom,

Your question is too wide and diverse to reply sufficiently.  All over the world throughout history, politicians have been using various methods to influence and control the people.  By the pacifying nature of Buddhism, it is not as easy as using other religions by politicians to use Buddhism to force people to obey.  Anything that is coercive, forceful or aggressive will immediately be viewed as not the teachings of the Buddha.

Hope this short comment can help you further analyze your query.

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Justin Choo

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All your questions will be answered, and you may not have to agree with the answers. Such is the beauty of Buddhism. I follow the Theravada tradition, and have been studying Buddhism for more than 50 years. As I am not a Buddhist scholar, I answer in simple language, and I prefer answering general questions rather than textual.

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I was brought up in the 50's as a Buddhist. For the past 50 years I have read numerous books on Buddhism and listened to numerous talks on Buddhism by well-respected and learned monks and lay teachers. I have conducted Buddhist classes for parents of Sunday School children in a Theravada Buddhist Temple. My teacher was the late Chief Reverend, The Ven. K Sri Dhammananda of The Brickfields Buddhist Mahavihara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You can view the relevant website in memory of my revered late teacher @ http://www.ksridhammananda.com and my blog posting at http://blackandwhite999.blogspot.com/2008/08/my-revered-teacher.html

Organizations
I am a life member of the Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia.

Publications
YOU ARE INVITED TO VISIT MY BLOG @ http://lifeislikethat999.blogspot.com/ Published a book called "The Rainbow And The Treasure". It is a compilation of extracts from various sources to introduce Buddhism to beginners. (Currently out of print)

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Commerce And Administration, Victoria University Of Wellington, NZ.(1974)

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