Social Relations and the Aesthetics of Emotion
This concluding chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. It suggests that if we are to take seriously the connection that exists between emotion, volition, cognition, and aesthetics, examining emotion and its place in religion becomes central to making the behavior of religious practitioners, whether monastic or lay, intelligible by relating what people do to their shared histories, personal experiences, and future aspirations. As ideas about beauty, monastic vocation, patronage, and institution building are shaped and determined by the very relationships and affective bonds that exist among the laity and sangha as well as between monastics and their lay supporters, examining emotions and the constitutive roles they play in social life and religious praxis becomes paramount.
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