Dr Martin Seeger

Associate Researcher
+44 (0)113 343 7482
Areas of Expertise
  • The history of Buddhism in Thailand
  • Contemporary movements in Thai Buddhism and their relations to society, politics and the economy
  • Disputes on Buddhist doctrines in Thailand
  • Canonical Theravada-Buddhism and its modern forms

MA, PhD Hamburg.

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  • "Thai Buddhist studies and the authority of the Pali Canon" (revised version) (forthcoming).
  • "Theravada Buddhism and Human Rights: Perspectives from Thai Buddhism" (2010), in: Carmen Meinert and Hans-Bernd Zöllner (eds.), Buddhist Approaches to Human Rights: Dissonances and Resonances, Bielefeld: transcript Publishers (Serie Globaler Humanismus), pp. 63-92.[http://www.transcript-verlag.de/ts1263/ts1263.php]
  • "The Changing Roles of Thai Buddhist Women: Obscuring Identities and Increasing Charisma", in: Religion Compass, 3 (2009), pp. 806-822. [http://www.blackwell-compass.com/subject/religion/article_view?parent=section&last_results=section%3Dreco-buddhism&sortby=date&section=reco-buddhism&browse_id=reco_articles_bpl165&article_id=reco_articles_bpl165].
  • "Phra Payutto and Debates on 'On the Very Idea of the Pali Canon’ in Thai Buddhism", in: Buddhist Studies Review, 26 (2009), pp. 1-31. [http://www.equinoxjournals.com/ojs/index.php/BSR/article/view/6374]
  • "The Relocalization of Buddhism in Thailand", in: Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 29 (2008), pp. 78-176 (together with Michael J G Parnwell). [http://www.buddhistethics.org/15/parnwell-seeger-article.html]
  • "The Bhikkhuni-Ordination Controversy in Thailand", in: Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, 29 (2006 [2008]), pp. 155-183.
  • "The Revival of the Theravada Nun Order in Thailand: Scriptural Authority and Cultural Resistance", in: Proceedings of First International Congress on Buddhist Women's Role in the Sangha: Bhikshuni Vinaya and Ordination Lineages, University of Hamburg, July 18-20, 2007, 13 pages.
  • "khwamthathai lae kanphatthana kanrian kanson phasa thai nai thana phasa tang prathet" [The Challenges and Development of Learning and Teaching Thai as a Foreign Language], in: Journal of Human Sciences (Chiang Mai University), 8 (2007), pp. 37-45.
  • "Thai Buddhist studies and the authority of the Pali Canon", in: Contemporary Buddhism, 8 (2007), pp. 1 - 18.
  • "Die thailändische Wat Phra Thammakai-Bewegung" in: Klaus-Dieter Mathes and Harald Freese (eds.), Buddhismus in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Erneuerungsbewegungen,  Vol. XI (2006), Hamburg: Asien-Afrika Institut (Universität Hamburg), pp. 121-139.
  • "How long is a Lifetime? Buddhadasa's and Phra Payutto's Interpretations of paticcasamuppada in Comparison", in: Buddhist Studies Review 22 (2005), pp. 107-30.
  • Phra Dhammapitaka und die Pali-Kanon-Debatte in Thailand: Ein Beitrag zur Untersuchung des modernen Buddhismus [Phra Dhammapitaka and the Pali Canon Debate in Thailand: A Contribution to the Study of Modern Buddhism], 2005, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg - Carl von Ossietzky, Hamburg.