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This book provides both an erudite and intimate look at how Buddhism is lived in Sri Lanka. While India is known as the birthplace of Buddhism, Sri Lanka is its other home, extending back over twenty-five hundred years on the island and remaining at the center of its spiritual traditions and culture. Throughout the book, author Swarna Wickremeratne incorporates a personal view, sharing stories of herself, her family, friends, and acquaintances as they "lived Buddhism" both during her Sri Lankan girlhood and during more recent times. This personal view makes the traditions come alive as Wickremeratne details Buddhist beliefs, customs, rituals and ceremonies, and folklore. She also provides a fascinating discussion of the Sangha, the institutional monkhood, in Sri Lanka, including its history, codes of conduct, and evolution and resilience over time. Wickremeratne explores the recent attempts by many monks to reinvent themselves in a society characterized by secularization, globalization, and a tide of aggressive Christian evangelization.

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ISBN:
9780791468821
Author:
Wickremeratne, Swarna
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Foreword by:
Bond, George D.
Foreword:
Bond, George D.
Subject:
Religious life
Subject:
Customs and practices
Subject:
Buddhism - Rituals & Practice
Subject:
Buddhism - Theravada
Subject:
Theravåada Buddhism -- Sri Lanka.
Subject:
Religious life - Theravada Buddhism
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
297
Dimensions:
9.06x6.08x.74 in. .95 lbs.

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