Buddhist World Of Southeast Asia The

Author: Donald K. Swearer
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438432526
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Buddhist World Of Southeast Asia The from the Author: Donald K. Swearer. 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.

Conflict Culture Change

Author: Sulak Sivaraksa
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861714989
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Conflict Culture Change from the Author: Sulak Sivaraksa. From Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sulak Sivaraksa comes this look at Buddhism's innate ability to help us change our world. Conflict, Culture, Change explores the cultural and environmental impacts of consumerism, nonviolence, and compassion in the post-9/11 world. Special attention is given to such ideas as the integration of mindfulness and social activism, the use of Buddhist ethics to confront structural violence; globalization's threat to traditional identity; and the example of the recent transformation of Thailand.

The Golden Lands

Author: Vikram Lall
Publisher: Abbeville Press
ISBN: 9780789211941
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The Golden Lands from the Author: Vikram Lall. A groundbreaking survey of the Buddhist architecture of Southeast Asia, abundantly illustrated with new color photography and 3-D renderings Over the course of its 2,500-year history, Buddhism has found expression in countless architectural forms, from the great monastic complexes of ancient India to the fortified dzongs of Bhutan, the rock-carved temple grottoes of China, the wooden shrines of Japan, and the colorful wats of Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Architecture of the Buddhist World, a projected six-volume series by the noted architect and scholar Vikram Lall, represents a new multidisciplinary approach to this fascinating subject, showing how Buddhist thought and ritual have interacted with local traditions across the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture. The first volume in the series, The Golden Lands, is devoted to Southeast Asia, home to many of the most spectacular Buddhist monuments. Following a general introduction to the early history of Buddhism and its most characteristic architectural forms (the stupa, the temple, and the monastery), Lall examines the Buddhist architecture of Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos in turn. For each country, he provides both a historical overview and case studies of noteworthy structures. Lall’s concise and accessible text is illustrated throughout with new color photography, as well as 3-D architectural renderings that make even the most complex structures easily comprehensible. The monuments that Lall considers in The Golden Lands range from the modest Bupaya stupa, constructed in Bagan, Myanmar, in the third century AD, to the vast complex of Borobudur in Central Java, the world’s largest Buddhist monument; his achievement is to place them all within a single panorama of history, religion, and artistic innovation. Distributed for JF Publishing

Constituting Communities

Author: John Clifford Holt
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791487059
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Constituting Communities from the Author: John Clifford Holt. Interviews with scientific leaders focus on the challenges, promises, and perils of science and technology.

Becoming The Buddha

Author: Donald K. Swearer
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691114354
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Becoming The Buddha from the Author: Donald K. Swearer. Becoming the Buddha is the first book-length study of a key ritual of Buddhist practice in Asia: the consecration of a Buddha image or "new Buddha," a ceremony by which the Buddha becomes present or alive. Through a richly detailed, accessible exploration of this ritual in northern Thailand, an exploration that stands apart from standard text-based or anthropological approaches, Donald Swearer makes a major contribution to our understanding of the Buddha image, its role in Buddhist devotional life, and its relationship to the veneration of Buddha relics. Blending ethnography, analysis, and Buddhist texts related to this mimetic reenactment of the night of the Buddha's enlightenment, he demonstrates that the image becomes the Buddha's surrogate by being invested with the Buddha's story and charged with the extraordinary power of Buddhahood. The process by which this transformation occurs through chant, sermon, meditation, and the presence of charismatic monks is at the heart of this book. Known as "opening the eyes of the Buddha," image consecration traditions throughout Buddhist Asia share much in common. Within the cultural context of northern Thailand, Becoming the Buddha illuminates scriptural accounts of the making of the first Buddha image; looks at debates over the ritual's historical origin, at Buddhological insights achieved, and at the hermeneutics of absence and presence; and provides a thematic comparison of several Buddhist traditions.

Nature Across Cultures

Author: Helaine Selin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401701490
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Nature Across Cultures from the Author: Helaine Selin. Nature Across Cultures: Views of Nature and the Environment in Non-Western Cultures consists of about 25 essays dealing with the environmental knowledge and beliefs of cultures outside of the United States and Europe. In addition to articles surveying Islamic, Chinese, Native American, Aboriginal Australian, Indian, Thai, and Andean views of nature and the environment, among others, the book includes essays on Environmentalism and Images of the Other, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Worldviews and Ecology, Rethinking the Western/non-Western Divide, and Landscape, Nature, and Culture. The essays address the connections between nature and culture and relate the environmental practices to the cultures which produced them. Each essay contains an extensive bibliography. Because the geographic range is global, the book fills a gap in both environmental history and in cultural studies. It should find a place on the bookshelves of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and scholars, as well as in libraries serving those groups.

The Buddhist World

Author: John Powers
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317420179
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The Buddhist World from the Author: John Powers. The Buddhist World joins a series of books on the world’s great religions and cultures, offering a lively and up-to-date survey of Buddhist studies for students and scholars alike. It explores regional varieties of Buddhism and core topics including buddha-nature, ritual, and pilgrimage. In addition to historical and geo-political views of Buddhism, the volume features thematic chapters on philosophical concepts such as ethics, as well as social constructs and categories such as community and family. The book also addresses lived Buddhism in its many forms, examining the ways in which modernity is reshaping traditional structures, ancient doctrines, and cosmological beliefs.

Encyclopedia Of Monasticism

Author: William M. Johnston
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113678716X
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Encyclopedia Of Monasticism from the Author: William M. Johnston. First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

A Sociolinguistic History Of Early Identities In Singapore

Author: Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113701234X
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A Sociolinguistic History Of Early Identities In Singapore from the Author: Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew. What role does race, geography, religion, orthography and nationalism play in the crafting of identities? What are the origins of Singlish? This book offers a thorough investigation of old and new identities in Asia's most global city, examined through the lens of language.

Lost Kingdoms Hindu Buddhist Sculpture Of Early Southeast Asia

Author: Guy, John
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
ISBN: 1588395243
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Lost Kingdoms Hindu Buddhist Sculpture Of Early Southeast Asia from the Author: Guy, John. A fresh and exciting exploration of Southeast Asian history from the 5th to 9th century, seen through the lens of the region's sculpture