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Losing My Mind and Loving Mosquitoes, Crickets, and Other Jungle Inhabitants: Reflections on Field Research and Its Frustrations at a Buddhist Meditation Retreat in Southern Thailand

Geoff Ashton

in At Home and in the Field: Ethnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824847593
eISBN:
9780824868215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.003.0046
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on the efficacy of Buddhist spiritual practices for Westerners attending a Buddhist meditation retreat in Southern Thailand. At the same time it shows how the introspective ... More


Fortune-Telling and False Monks: Defining and Governing Religion

Thomas A. Borchert

in Educating Monks: Minority Buddhism on China's Southwest Border

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824866488
eISBN:
9780824875657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824866488.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the politics of religion in Yunnan and Sipsongpannā. The first part of the chapter analyzes and describes the official discourse on religion in China and the institutions for ... More


Monks on the Move: Dai-Lue Monastic Networks

Thomas A. Borchert

in Educating Monks: Minority Buddhism on China's Southwest Border

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824866488
eISBN:
9780824875657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824866488.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the networks along which the monks of Sipsongpannā travel. While it is well-known that Buddhist monks travel, the scope and directions of these trips is not well-understood. ... More


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