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Buddhist Learning and Textual Practice in Eighteenth-Century Lankan Monastic Culture

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Anne M. Blackburn is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of South Carolina. She has traveled and conducted research in Sri Lanka since 1986.



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"Anne Blackburn offers a powerful new way of thinking about Buddhist monasticism in general, one that takes seriously the role of academic study in the moral economy of Buddhist monks. This strategy has broad implications for all students of the Buddhist world. Blackburn also makes an important contribution to the field by showing the richness of Sinhala Buddhist literature in one time and place and teaching us how to read a variety of genres rhetorically: we not only learn about the contents of these works but also see how they were embedded in an elaborate educational milieu. Her work will prove to be exemplary and will educate the imagination of scholars investigating other areas of Buddhist history."--Charles Hallisey, Harvard University

"This book brings forth a new and important voice in the ongoing debates about Theravada Buddhism, and it will also interest scholars outside this field. Anne Blackburn challenges, for example, many of the facile presuppositions of scholars working in colonialist and neocolonialist studies, and so makes an important contribution to the debates concerning Orientalism. Her nuanced literary critical examination of texts will make this book valuable to scholars in the field of the comparative study of religion who are just now beginning to utilize these methods to gain a greater understanding of religious texts of this kind as literary artifacts."--Jose Ignacio Cabezon, Iliff School of Theology



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Comparing eighteenth-century Sri Lankan Buddhist monastic education to medieval Christian and other contexts, this book examines such issues as bilingual commentarial practice, the relationship between clerical and "popular" religious cultures, and the place of preaching in the constitution of "textual communities".

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Author's Note viii
Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xi
Chapter One: ''Destroying the Thick Darkness of Wrong Beliefs'' 3
Chapter Two: Contextualizing Monasticism 23
Chapter Three: Marks of Distinction 41
Chapter Four: ''They Were Scholars and Contemplatives''' 76
Chapter Five: ''He Benefited the World and the Sasana'' 107
Chapter Six: Readers, Preachers, and Listeners 139
Chapter Seven: ''Let Us Serve Wisdom'' 197
Appendix A: Contents of the Monastic Handbook Attributed to Saranamkara 205
Apperndix B: Level Four Subject Area and Texts 209
Appendix C: Siyam Nikaya Temple Manuscript Collections 213
Appendix D: List of Manuscripts Brought from Siam in 1756 217
Glossary 219
References 223
Index 235

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Titre: Buddhist Learning and Textual Practice in Eighteenth-Century Lankan Monastic Culture
Sous-titre: Monastic Cultur
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Code EAN: 9780691070445
ISBN: 978-0-691-07044-5
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Princeton Univ Pr
Genre: Religion et théologie
nombre de pages: 256
Poids: 535g
Taille: H242mm x B163mm x T23mm
Année: 2001

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