Constituting Communities (SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies): Theravada Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia

Constituting Communities (SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies): Theravada Buddhism and the Religious Cultures of South and Southeast Asia

by John Holt

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Overview

Constituting Communities explores how community functions within Theravaμda Buddhist culture. Although the dominant focus of Buddhist studies for the past century has been on doctrinal and philosophical issues, this volume concentrates on discourses that produced them, and why and how these discourses and practices shaped Theravaμda communities in South and Southeast Asia. From a variety of perspectives, including historical, literary, doctrinal and philosophical, and social and anthropological, the contributors explore the issues that have proven important and definitive for identifying what it has meant, individually and socially, to be Buddhist in this particular region. The book focuses on textual discourse, how communities are formed and maintained within pluralistic contexts, and the formation of community both within and between the monastic and lay settings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791487051
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 456 KB

About the Author

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

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