Buddhist World of Southeast Asia, The: Second Edition

Buddhist World of Southeast Asia, The: Second Edition

by Donald K. Swearer

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A wide-ranging, readable account of the Theravada Buddhist thought and practice in the Southeast Asian societies of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.

An unparalleled portrait, Donald K. Swearer’s Buddhist World of Southeast Asia has been a key source for all those interested in the Theravada homelands since the work’s publication in 1995. Expanded and updated, the second edition offers this wide ranging account for readers at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Swearer shows Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia to be a dynamic, complex system of thought and practice embedded in the cultures, societies, and histories of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. The work focuses on three distinct yet interrelated aspects of this milieu. The first is the popular tradition of life models personified in myths and legends, rites of passage, festival celebrations, and ritual occasions. The second deals with Buddhism and the state, illustrating how King Asoka serves as the paradigmatic Buddhist monarch, discussing the relationship of cosmology and kingship, and detailing the rise of charismatic Buddhist political leaders in the postcolonial period. The third is the modern transformation of Buddhism: the changing roles of monks and laity, modern reform movements, the role of women, and Buddhism in the West.

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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ISBN-13: 9781438432526
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Series: SUNY series in Religious Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 23 MB
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About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I. THE POPULAR TRADITION

Ideal Action
Ritual Occasions, Merit, and the Appropriation of Power
Festivals
Rites of Passage

PART II. BUDDHISM AND THE STATE

Asoka, the Exemplary Buddhist Ruler
Kings and Cosmology
The Cosmological Scheme of the Three Worlds
The Buddha as Cosmocrator
Modern Nationalism and Buddhism

PART III. BUDDHISM AND MODERNIZATION

The Changing Role of the Monk
Reforming the Tradition
The Changing Role of the Laity
Women and Buddhism
Buddhism and the West
Postscript

Appendix 1 Sigalaka Sutta: Code of Lay Ethics
Appendix 2 Borobudur

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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