Constituting Communities: Theravada Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia / Edition 1

Constituting Communities: Theravada Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia / Edition 1

by John Clifford Holt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791456927

ISBN-13: 9780791456927

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Constituting Communities explores how community functions within Theravaµda Buddhist culture. Although the dominant focus of Buddhist studies for the past century has been on doctrinal and philosophical issues, this volume concentrates on discourses that produced them, and why and how these discourses and practices shaped Theravaµda communities in South

Overview

Constituting Communities explores how community functions within Theravaµda Buddhist culture. Although the dominant focus of Buddhist studies for the past century has been on doctrinal and philosophical issues, this volume concentrates on discourses that produced them, and why and how these discourses and practices shaped Theravaµda communities in South and Southeast Asia. From a variety of perspectives, including historical, literary, doctrinal and philosophical, and social and anthropological, the contributors explore the issues that have proven important and definitive for identifying what it has meant, individually and socially, to be Buddhist in this particular region. The book focuses on textual discourse, how communities are formed and maintained within pluralistic contexts, and the formation of community both within and between the monastic and lay settings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791456927
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
John Clifford Holt and Jacob N. Kinnard

1. Communal Karma and Karmic Community in Theravada Buddhist History
Jonathan S. Walters

2. Toward a Theory of Buddhist Queenship: The Legend of Asandhimitta
John S. Strong

3. Beggars Can Be Choosers: Mahakassapa as a Selective Eater of Offerings
Liz Wilson

4. The Insight Guide to Hell: Mahamoggallana and Theravada Buddhist Cosmology
Julie Gifford

5. When the Buddha Sued Visnu
Jacob N. Kinnard

6. Minister of Defense? The Visnu Controversy in Contemporary Sri Lanka
John Clifford Holt

7. Localizing Lineage: Importing Higher Ordination in Theravadin South and Southeast Asia
Anne M. Blackburn

8. Preacher as a Poet: Poetic Preaching as a Monastic Strategy in Constituting Buddhist Communities in Modern Sri Lanka and Thailand
Mahinda Deegalle

9. "For Those Who Are Ignorant": A Study of the Bauddha Ädahilla
Carol S. Anderson

10. Interpretive Strategies for Seeing the Body of the Buddha
James R. Egge

List of Contributors

Index

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