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By Donald K. Swearer

A wide-ranging, readable account of the Theravada Buddhist inspiration 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 strength gala's . . . . . . . . . . . . Rites of Passage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . half II. BUDDHISM AND THE kingdom . . 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 . one hundred and one . 104 . 109 half III. BUDDHISM AND MODERNIZATION The altering function of the Monk . . . . . Reforming the culture . . . . . . . The altering position of the Laity . . . . . ladies and Buddhism . . . . . . . Buddhism and the West . . . . . . . Postscript . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 one hundred thirty 159 177 one hundred ninety 197 203 viii the buddhist global 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 international of Southeast Asia is the results of my remark and long term examine of Theravada Buddhism. My curiosity in Buddhism started because of own event. within the past due Nineteen 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 collage. on the grounds 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 supposing 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 adventure is proficient by means of educating within the liberal arts collage school room, the first context during which i've got spent such a lot of my educational profession. My method of Buddhism, specifically its expression in Thailand, is a multidisciplinary process built-in with a private appreciation of its intensity of which means and variety of expression. This monograph is written for readers who desire to research Buddhism, no longer easily as a normative doctrinal method, yet as a traditionally and culturally contextualized non secular culture, or to place it in a different way, Buddhism as a lived culture. This learn of Buddhism bargains a large, holistic research of the Buddhist culture because it has been formed in the old and cultural milieu of Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka. varied kinds 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 wide and various scriptural canon written within the Pali language, progressively assumed a dominate spiritual and cultural function. 1 ancient facts from significant archaeological ix x the buddhist international of southeast asia websites in addition to modern Buddhist rituals display the impact of Hinayana, Mahayana, and Tantrayana different types of Buddhism, which additionally included Brahmanical and Hindu parts.

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