How Theravada is Theravada?
Exploring Buddhist Identities
Edited by Peter Skilling, Jason A. Carbine, Claudio Cicuzza, and Santi Pakdeekham
2012. 640 pp.
Paperback, 14 x 21 cm
50 black and white illustrations,
100 color illustrations, footnotes,
Publication date: Thailand June 2012;
North America & Europe October 2012
Map of South and Southeast Asia
1. Rupert Gethin:
Was Buddhaghosa a Theravadin? Buddhist Identity in the Pali Commentaries and Chronicles
2. L. S. Cousins:
The Teachings of the Abhayagiri School
3. Max Deeg:
Sthavira, Thera and '*Sthaviravada' in Chinese Buddhist Sources
4. Lilian Handlin:
The King and his Bhagava: The Meanings of Pagan's Early Theravadas
5. Jason A. Carbine:
Sasanasuddhi/Simasammuti: Comments on a Spatial Basis of the Buddha's Religion
6. Anne M. Blackburn:
Lineage, Inheritance, and Belonging: Expressions of Monastic Affiliation from Lanka
7. Peter Skilling:
King Rama I and Wat Phra Chetuphon: the Buddha-sasana in Early Bangkok
8. Claudio Cicuzza:
The Benefits of Ordination according to the Paramatthamangala
9. Olivier de Bernon:
Circulation of Texts in Mid-Nineteenth Century Cambodia: A new reading of Inscription K. 892 (Vatt Ta Tok, CE 1857)
10. Venerable Phra Anil Sakya:
King Mongkut's Invention of a Universal Pali Script
11. Arthid Sheravanichkul:
Thai Ideas about Hinayana-Mahayana: Correspondence between King Chulalongkorn and Prince Narisranuvattiwong
12. Todd LeRoy Perreira:
Whence Theravada? The Modern Genealogy of an Ancient Term
Description of plates
Contributors and editors
Our understanding of the history of Buddhism in Southeast Asia has often been oversimplified, biased, or vague. The twelve innovative essays presented here shed new light upon terms such as sthavira, theravada, theriya, or theravamsa, each of which may carry a variety of meanings and connotations. Some of the contributors reconsider known data to present new and challenging perspectives on the complicated history of the Mahavihara and Abhayagiri schools in Sri Lanka, or the Indian historiographical tradition on the formation of Buddhist orders/schools (nikaya/acariyavada). Others stress the central role of lineages and their transmission, as well as the dynamic impulse, that this problematic provokes in terms of long-distance exchanges.
Topical inquiries based on epigraphical material reveal the force of institutional practices, or invite scholars to analyze the textual traditions of Southeast Asia more deeply, particularly its "transitive" mode of translation. Essays range across Buddhism in early Lanka, in Burma during the Pagan and Dhammachedi periods, in nineteenth-century Cambodia, and in Thailand from the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. This richly illustrated volume should figure in all academic programs of Buddhist Studies.
About the editor
Peter Skilling is Maître de Conférences with the École française d’Extr®∫me-Orient, Bangkok, Special Lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, and Honorary Associate of the Department of Indian Sub-Continental Studies, University of Sydney. He received his PhD (2004) and his Habilitation (2008) from the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris. He specializes in the history and literature of the Buddhism of South and Southeast Asia.
Jason A. Carbine earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago (2004) and is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Whittier College. His research traverses the Buddhist cultures of Myanmar and Sri Lanka, and he teaches widely on religion and society across Asia and around the globe.
Claudio Cicuzza received his MA and PhD in Indology from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”. At present, he is teaching Buddhism and religious studies in Webster University, Thailand, and his current research focuses on the Pali literature of Central Siam and P?la period scholasticism of Northern India.
Santi Pakdeekham obtained a PhD (2007) from Chulalongkorn University and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Thai and Oriental Languages at Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok. He publishes regularly on Thai literature and on cultural, literary, and historical relations between Thailand and Cambodia.http://www.silkwormbooks.com/catalog/in ... index.htmlhttp://www.amazon.com/How-Theravada-Exp ... 6162150445