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    The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Donald K. Swearer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 258
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780791424605
    ISBN 10: 079142460X

    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FM
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BIC subject category V2: HRE
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Ingram Theme: RELI/BUDDHI
    Libri: I-RS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25470
    BISAC V2.8: REL007000
    ECPA Christian Book Category: GNRORLCPR
    DC22: 294.337
    DC20: 294.30959
    Thema V1.0: QRF
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    State University of New York Press
    Imprint name
    State University of New York Press
    Publication date
    10 July 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Albany, NY
    Back cover copy
    This book is a remarkable synthesis and empathetic interpretation of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. No other single book matches its depth and breadth, or its balance between scholarly interpretation and sensitive first person portrayal. The author focuses his analysis on Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia as a dynamic, complex system of thought and practice imbedded in the respective cultures, societies, and histories of Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. The book discusses three distinct but interrelated aspects of this system: The popular tradition in terms of paradigms of ideal action, rituals, festivals, and rites of passage; Buddhism as civil religion in terms of King Asoka as the paradigmatic Buddhist monarch, cosmology, and kingship, and Buddhism and the modern nation state; and modern transformations of the tradition in terms of the changing roles of the monk and the laity, modern reform movements, and Buddhism in the West.