- On behalf of my co-editors, I am pleased to announce the publication
of our new book "How Theravada is Theravada. Exploring Buddhist
Identities". This volume has been edited by Peter Skilling, Jason
A. Carbine, Claudio Cicuzza, and Santi Pakdeekham, published by
Silkworm Books (Chiang Mai), and is now available through Silkworm
Books Website ( <http://www.silkwormbooks.com/>
Its bibliographic data are:
2012. 640 pp.
Paperback, 14 x 21 cm
50 black and white illustrations,
100 color illustrations, footnotes,
- Map of South and Southeast Asia
1.Was Buddhaghosa a Theravadin? Buddhist Identity in the Pali Commentaries
and Chronicles. Rupert Gethin
2. The Teachings of the Abhayagiri School. L.S. Cousins.
3. Sthavira, Thera and '*Sthaviravada' in Chinese Buddhist Sources. Max
4. The King and his Bhagava: The Meanings of Pagan's Early Theravadas.
5. Sasanasuddhi/Simasammuti: Comments on a Spatial Basis of the Buddha's
Religion. Jason A. Carbine.
6. Lineage, Inheritance, and Belonging: Expressions of Monastic Affiliation
from Lanka. Anne M. Blackburn.
7. King Rama I and Wat Phra Chetuphon: the Buddha-sasana in Early Bangkok.
8. The Benefits of Ordination according to the Paramatthamangala. Claudio
9. Circulation of Texts in Mid-Nineteenth Century Cambodia: A new reading of
Inscription K. 892 (Vatt Ta Tok, CE 1857). Olivier de Bernon.
10. King Mongkut's Invention of a Universal Pali Script. Venerable Phra Anil
11. Thai Ideas about Hinayana-Mahayana: Correspondence between King
Chulalongkorn and Prince Narisranuvattiwong. Arthid Sheravanichkul.
12. Whence Theravada? The Modern Genealogy of an Ancient Term. Todd LeRoy
- Description of plates
- Contributors and editors
From the back cover:
"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
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
With my (our) best regards,