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

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Overview

Explores how community is defined and how it functions among Theravada Buddhists in South and Southeast Asia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791456927
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Clifford Holt is Professor of Religion at Bowdoin College and the author of The Religious World of Kiµrti Sriµ: Buddhism, Art, and Politics in Late Medieval Sri Lanka.

Jacob N. Kinnard is Assistant Professor of Religion at the College of William and Mary and the author of Imaging Wisdom: Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Indian Buddhism.

Jonathan S. Walters is Associate Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Whitman College and the coeditor (with Ronald Inden and Daud Ali) of Querying the Medieval: Texts and the History of Practices in South Asia.

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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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