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By Donald K. Swearer

A wide-ranging, readable account of the Theravada Buddhist concept and perform within the Southeast Asian societies of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.

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Ix . xiii . xv half I. the preferred TRADITION . . . . excellent motion . . . . . . . . . . . Ritual events, advantage, and the Appropriation of energy fairs . . . . . . . . . . . . Rites of Passage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . half II. BUDDHISM AND THE country . . Asoka, the Exemplary Buddhist Ruler . . . Kings and Cosmology . . . . . . . The Cosmological Scheme of the 3 Worlds . The Buddha as Cosmocrator . . . . . sleek Nationalism and Buddhism . . . 1 four 17 37 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . seventy one . seventy two . eighty two . a hundred and one . 104 . 109 half III. BUDDHISM AND MODERNIZATION The altering position of the Monk . . . . . Reforming the culture . . . . . . . The altering position of the Laity . . . . . ladies and Buddhism . . . . . . . Buddhism and the West . . . . . . . Postscript . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 a hundred thirty 159 177 one hundred ninety 197 203 viii the buddhist international of southeast asia Appendix 1 Sig¡laka Sutta: Code of Lay Ethics Appendix 2 Borobudur . . . . . . Notes . . . . . . . . . . word list . . . . . . . . . . Bibliography . . . . . . . . . Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 208 211 253 262 287 Preface to the second one variation The Buddhist global of Southeast Asia is the results of my statement and long term learn of Theravada Buddhism. My curiosity in Buddhism started due to own event. within the past due Fifties I spent years in Bangkok, Thailand, the place I lived in a Buddhist tradition and taught at a Christian collage and a Buddhist monastic college. seeing that that point i've got spent numerous sabbatical leaves in Thailand with shorter remains or visits in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos. even though my realizing of Buddhism has benefited from the paintings of students from diverse disciplines, this monograph additionally displays my own event in Thailand and Southeast Asia. This event is proficient by way of educating within the liberal arts university school room, the first context during which i've got spent so much of my educational profession. My method of Buddhism, specially its expression in Thailand, is a multidisciplinary process built-in with a private appreciation of its intensity of that means and variety of expression. This monograph is written for readers who desire to examine Buddhism, no longer easily as a normative doctrinal approach, yet as a traditionally and culturally contextualized non secular culture, or to place it differently, Buddhism as a lived culture. This learn of Buddhism bargains a extensive, holistic research of the Buddhist culture because it has been formed in the ancient and cultural milieu of Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. various types of Buddhism took root in Southeast Asia, yet from the 12th century C. E. , the department of Buddhism referred to as Theravada or “Teaching of the Elders,” with its broad and numerous scriptural canon written within the Pali language, progressively assumed a dominate non secular and cultural position. 1 historic facts from significant archaeological ix x the buddhist international of southeast asia websites in addition to modern Buddhist rituals reveal the effect of Hinayana, Mahayana, and Tantrayana types of Buddhism, which additionally integrated Brahmanical and Hindu components.

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