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Reading the Mahavamsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravada Buddhist History

Kristin Scheible

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231171380
eISBN:
9780231542609
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171380.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Vamsa is a dynamic genre of Buddhist history filled with otherworldly characters and the exploits of real-life heroes. These narratives collapse the temporal distance between Buddha and the reader, ... More


Wasted Lives?

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines Ronald Dworkin's reflections on the good life. More specifically, it considers Dworkin's view that we should all seek to live well so as to achieve “successful” lives and avoid ... More


Rituals and Liturgies

Justin Thomas McDaniel

in The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk: Practicing Buddhism in Modern Thailand

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153775
eISBN:
9780231527545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153775.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter critiques one of the many standardizations of Thai Buddhism—Theravada Buddhism. Many studies posit that starting in the late eighteenth century and continuing until today, Buddhist ... More


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