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Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories

Webb Keane

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691167732
eISBN:
9781400873593
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691167732.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The human propensity to take an ethical stance toward oneself and others is found in every known society, yet we also know that values taken for granted in one society can contradict those in ... More


Changes in the Song Era

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?: Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520257658
eISBN:
9780520944701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0044
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

Philosophers of the Song era took initiatives to tackle the renewal of Confucianism. They had a prescription for the problems of Confucianism. They opened the door to an intensive occupation with ... More


Why the Thai Are Not Christians: Buddhist and Christian Conversion in Thailand

Robert W. Hefner

in Conversion to Christianity: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives on a Great Transformation

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520078352
eISBN:
9780520912564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520078352.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

This chapter tries to answer the question: “Why have Thai not converted to Christianity?” It confines to the confrontation between Christianity and Buddhism in Thailand and to the ways in which these ... More


Dissensus by Design

in Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520269460
eISBN:
9780520952010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520269460.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter introduces the Sera Monastery in India and provides a context for appreciating debate's ritualized violence and mimetic power. It shows that at Sera Monastery, debate's drama, where the ... More


Conclusion: The Liberal Subject, in Pieces

in Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520269460
eISBN:
9780520952010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520269460.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter addresses the following question: How liberal is this liberal subject that encroaches on Sera, an Indian avatar of a fifteenth-century Tibetan monastery, and sweeps through the Institute ... More


Holy Place/TIRTHA: Living in the Place of the Buddha’s Death

Jessica Marie Falcone

in Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501723469
eISBN:
9781501723476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on the proposed site of the colossal Maitreya Project: Kushinagar, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The chapter explains the various communities and stake-holders of the ... More


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


Epilogue: Quandaries of Agency

Charlene E. Makley

in The Violence of Liberation: Gender and Tibetan Buddhist Revival in Post-Mao China

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520250598
eISBN:
9780520940536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250598.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter reviews the things the author has learned about the Tibetans. It presents a record of her interview with one of her friends, Kazang, and takes a look at the Tibetans' Buddhist revival ... More


Experiments with Fate: Buddhist Morality and Human Rights in Thailand

Don Selby

in Wording the World: Veena Das and Scenes of Inheritance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823261857
eISBN:
9780823268900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823261857.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter considers the emergence of human rights in Thailand through the trope of the eventedness of the everyday, arguing that we may profitably understand this emergence as a turning back to ... 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


Community/SANGHA: FPMT’s Transnational Buddhists

Jessica Marie Falcone

in Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501723469
eISBN:
9781501723476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

In this chapter, I also introduce the readers to the particular transnational Tibetan Buddhist community working to build the Maitreya Statue. This chapter provides an overview of Global Buddhism ... More


Wealth and Devotion

Mette M. High

in Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501707544
eISBN:
9781501708121
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707544.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses how local Buddhist lamas have become involved in the gold rush. Within Mahayana Buddhism, mining is considered emblematic of violent acts and self-interest that infringe upon ... More


Introduction: Liberal Sympathies

in Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520269460
eISBN:
9780520952010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520269460.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This introductory chapter discusses the ambivalence towards the Dalai Lama's Dharamsala-based reforms—reforms that often aspire to liberal-democratic ideals. It considers the implications of these ... More


Debate as a Rite of Institution

in Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520269460
eISBN:
9780520952010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520269460.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter argues that Buddhist debate can only be understood by bridging the distance between different approaches to argumentation. The bridge in question is narrow, for it consists of a rather ... More


Affected Signs, Sincere Subjects

in Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520269460
eISBN:
9780520952010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520269460.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the current discussions and tensions among Tibetans over how to produce monks. Disciplinary practices such as reprimand and corporal punishment are being reassessed by Tibetans ... More


Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia

Jinah Kim

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780520273863
eISBN:
9780520954885
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520273863.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This book considers how and why the Buddhist book cultin South Asia has survived almost two millennia until the present day by examining medieval illustrated Buddhist manuscriptsas sacred objects of ... More


Sri Lanka: Moral Focus and a Stalking Cat

J. L. Cassaniti

in Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501707995
eISBN:
9781501714177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707995.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter moves the investigation into mindfulness to Sri Lanka, where the tradition of Theravāda Buddhism emerged over two thousand years ago. After a visit to the ancient site of Anuradhapura, ... More


Introduction: Text, Image, and the Book

Jinah Kim

in Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780520273863
eISBN:
9780520954885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520273863.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The introduction identifies the primary concerns of this study as an art-history and material-culture study of the illustrated manuscripts and the Buddhist book cult in medieval South Asia.An ... More


Representing the Perfection of Wisdom, Embodying the Holy Sites

Jinah Kim

in Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780520273863
eISBN:
9780520954885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520273863.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explains how the scenes from the life of the Buddha, often seen to be unrelated to the text of the Prajnāpāramitā sūtra, illustrate the main message of the text when understood together ... More


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