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The Buddhist monk Buddhadasa Bhikku (1906-1993) injected fresh life into Thai Buddhism by exploring and teaching little known transcendent aspects of the religion. His investigations excited both monks and lay people, and gave rise to vigorous discussion in shops, temple and yards and newly founded Buddhist associations. While these discussions included serious exchanges on doctrine and practice, they also included jokes and light humour, criticisms of weak evidence for various positions, and rumours that Buddhadasa was a communist sympathizer. Some of this material was captured in Buddhist journals and in numerous "pocket books" aimed at a general audience. Departing from the classical method of studying Buddhism through philology, Tomomi Ito's account of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu draws on this popular literature and on detailed interviews with a very broad spectrum of the people involved in these exchanges. The result is a lively intellectual and social history of contemporary Thai Buddhism built around the life of an exceptional monk who captured the interest of Buddhists pursuing spiritual depth in the context of the ideologcial conflicts of the Cold War.

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  1. Half title, Full Title, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. vi
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  1. Notes on Romanization of Thai Words and Names
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Chapter 1: A New Era in Thail Buddhism
  2. pp. 13-41
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  1. Chapter 2: Early Development of Buddhadāsa's Work and Growing Influence
  2. pp. 42-71
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  1. Chapter 3: The Spread of Buddhadāsa's Dhamma
  2. pp. 72-106
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  1. Chapter 4: Debates on the Empty Mind
  2. pp. 107-136
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  1. Chapter 5: Abhidhamma Controversies: The Supreme Doctrine in the Buddhist Public Sphere
  2. pp. 137-161
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  1. Chapter 6: Buddhism Meets Marxism: Buddhadāsa and His Marxist Followers
  2. pp. 162-187
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  1. Chapter 7: Dhammic Socialism and Engaged Buddhism: Development of Social Aspects in Thai Buddhism
  2. pp. 188-215
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  1. Chapter 8: Dhamma Mother: A New Female Practitioner Form Alternative to Bhikkhunī
  2. pp. 216-238
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 239-246
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 247-337
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 338-377
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789971696092
Related ISBN
9789971695729
MARC Record
OCLC
830023729
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-31
Language
English
Open Access
No
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