The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia

The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia

by Donald K. Swearer
     
 

ISBN-10: 079142460X

ISBN-13: 9780791424605

Pub. Date: 07/01/1995

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book is a remarkable synthesis and empathetic interpretation of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. No other single book matches its depth and breadth, or its balance between scholarly interpretation and sensitive first person portrayal. The author focuses his analysis on Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia as a dynamic, complex system of thought and practice imbedded…  See more details below

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This book is a remarkable synthesis and empathetic interpretation of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. No other single book matches its depth and breadth, or its balance between scholarly interpretation and sensitive first person portrayal. The author focuses his analysis on Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia as a dynamic, complex system of thought and practice imbedded in the respective cultures, societies, and histories of Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. The book discusses three distinct but interrelated aspects of this system: The popular tradition in terms of paradigms of ideal action, rituals, festivals, and rites of passage; Buddhism as civil religion in terms of King Asoka as the paradigmatic Buddhist monarch, cosmology, and kingship, and Buddhism and the modern nation state; and modern transformations of the tradition in terms of the changing roles of the monk and the laity, modern reform movements, and Buddhism in the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791424605
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1995
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Popular Tradition: Inclusive Syncretism5
Ideal Action7
Ritual Occasions, Merit, and the Appropriation of Power18
Festivals35
Rites of Passage46
2Buddhism as Civil Religion: Political Legitimation and National Integration63
Asoka, the Exemplary Buddhist Ruler64
Kings and Cosmology72
The Buddha as Cosmocrator91
Modern Nationalism and Buddhism95
3Modernization: The Dynamic of Tradition and Change107
The Changing Role of the Monk108
The Changing Role of the Laity141
Buddhism and the West156
Postscript159
Appendix 1: Sigalaka Sutta: Code of Lay Ethics163
Appendix 2: Audio Visual Bibliography167
Appendix 3: Borobudur171
Notes175
Glossary209
Bibliography217
Index of Authors231
Index of Subjects235

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