Buddha in Sri Lanka Remembered Yesterdays

ISBN-10: 0791468828
ISBN-13: 9780791468821
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 9/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 317
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Foreword
Terminology and Related Concepts
Acknowledgments
Map
Beginnings and Looking Beyond
Growing up in Sri Lankan Culture
Festival of New Beginnings: The New Year
Loving Worship and Loving Kindness
Givers: Many Motives, Many Fruits
Sri Lankan Buddhists and Their Rituals
Reminiscences of Bana Preaching
Buddhist Pilgrims' Progress
Karma in Popular Buddhist Culture
To Die Only to Be Reborn
Death: Buddhist Ways and Other Ways
Bodhi Puja: All for the Sake of a Tree
Pirit Chanting and the Holy Thread
Sons of the Buddha
Varieties in a Single Saffron Robe
Quid Pro Quo Worship
Many Gods, Many Altars
God Kataragama
Epilogue
Glossary of Religious Terms
Bibliography
Index

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