The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia

The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia

by Donald K. Swearer
     
 

This is a synthesis and interpretation of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. No other book matches its depth and breadth or its balance of scholarly interpretation and readable personal portrayal.

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

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This is a synthesis and interpretation of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. No other book matches its depth and breadth or its balance of scholarly interpretation and readable personal portrayal.

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 (Myanmar), 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 civic 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.

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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)

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction
The Study of Religion and the Visual
The Aim of the Monograph

One The Popular Tradition: Inclusive Syncretism
Ideal Action
Ritual Occasions, Merit, and the Appropriation of Power
Festivals
Rites of Passage

Two Buddhism as Civil Religion: Political Legitimation and National Integration
Asoka, the Exemplary Buddhist Ruler
Kings and Cosmology
The Buddha as Cosmocrator
Modern Nationalism and Buddhism
Three Modernization: The Dynamic of Tradition and Change
The Changing Role of the Monk
The Changing Role of the Laity
Buddhism and the West

Postscript
Appendix 1 Sigalaka Sutta: Code of Lay Ethics
Appendix 2 Audio Visual Bibliography
Appendix 3 Borobudur

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

Index of Authors

Index of Subjects

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