The Marriage of the Media and Religion: For Better or Worse

Phuntsho, Karma

In: Media and public culture: proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Bhutan Studies. Thimphu, Centre for Bhutan Studies 2007, pp. 19-30 . ISBN 99936-14-41-6

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This paper briefly explores the 'relationship' between Buddhist spirituality and the various forms of media during the 2500 years of Buddhist history. In doing so, it highlights the flexibility of Buddhism in taking the multiple forms of media as useful means for a spiritual end that culminates in the state of enlightenment. The article also raises the problems and prospects of the new encounter between Bhutan’s ancient Buddhist heritage and modern mass media. It goes on to argue that the media is intrinsically a neutral tool and that an educated and expedient use can only further the cause of Buddhism.

Document type: Book Section
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009 14:48
ISBN: 99936-14-41-6
Faculties / Institutes: Research Organisations / Academies > Centre for Bhutan Studies
DDC-classification: Religions of Indic origin
Controlled Keywords: Bhutan, Buddhismus, Massenmedien
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mediengeschichte, Bhutan , Buddhism , Mass Media , History of Media
Subject (classification): Media
Religion and Philosophy
Countries/Regions: Bhutan