By Donald K. Swearer
A wide-ranging, readable account of the Theravada Buddhist inspiration and perform within the Southeast Asian societies of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.
An extraordinary portrait, Donald okay. Swearer’s The Buddhist global of Southeast Asia has been a key resource for all these drawn to the Theravada homelands because the work’s booklet in 1995. accelerated and up-to-date, the second one variation deals this wide-ranging account for readers first and foremost of the twenty-first century.
Swearer indicates Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia to be a dynamic, complicated procedure of proposal and perform embedded within the cultures, societies, and histories of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. The paintings specializes in 3 designated but interrelated features of this milieu. the 1st is the preferred culture of existence versions personified in myths and legends, rites of passage, pageant celebrations, and formality events. the second one offers with Buddhism and the country, illustrating how King Asoka serves because the paradigmatic Buddhist monarch, discussing the connection of cosmology and kingship, and detailing the increase of charismatic Buddhist political leaders within the postcolonial interval. The 3rd is the trendy transformation of Buddhism: the altering roles of clergymen and laity, smooth reform pursuits, the position of girls, and Buddhism within the West.
“This worthwhile replace to the 1995 version is written in gentle of profound, ongoing adjustments within the vast spectrum of Southeast Asian culture.” — CHOICE
Praise for the 1st Edition
“This booklet surveys many topics. even if rooted in cultural and spiritual concerns, it is usually a very good ancient evaluate of the Theravada culture. Buddhism in Southeast Asia is spiritually and culturally very dynamic, however it additionally has a political value that makes it a well timed topic for these attracted to this a part of the world—those now not inevitably trained concerning the heritage and tool of faith in Southeast Asia.
“There are many books via striking professionals on the Buddhist global of Southeast Asia. although, those are typically targeted on only one kingdom or tradition, whereas the Swearer e-book embraces the total sector. i do know of no different textual content within the English language that units down one of these sturdy descriptive research of up to date Theravada practices.” — Bruce Matthews, Professor Emeritus of Comparative faith, Acadia college