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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791424605
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 1,415,838
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald K. Swearer is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at the Harvard Divinity School. He is the author or editor of several books, including Becoming the Buddha: The Ritual of Image Consecration in Thailand.
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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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