Cambodian Buddhism: History And Practice by Ian Charles Harris

By Ian Charles Harris

The learn of Cambodian faith has lengthy been hampered through an absence of simply available scholarship. This amazing new paintings by way of Ian Harris therefore fills a huge hole and gives English-language students a book-length, updated therapy of the spiritual points of Cambodian tradition. starting with a coherent heritage of the presence of faith within the kingdom from its inception to the current day, the booklet is going directly to provide insights into the specified nature of Cambodia's very important but neglected manifestation of Theravada Buddhist culture and to teach the way it reestablished itself following nearly overall annihilation through the Pol Pot interval.
Historical sections conceal the dominant position of tantric Mahayana innovations and rituals less than the final nice king of Angkor, Jayavarman VII (1181-c. 1220); the increase of Theravada traditions after the cave in of the Angkorian civilization; the influence of international impacts at the improvement of the nineteenth-century monastic order; and politicized Buddhism and the Buddhist contribution to an rising experience of Khmer nationhood. The Buddhism practiced in Cambodia has a lot in universal with parallel traditions in Thailand and Sri Lanka, but there also are major ameliorations. The publication concentrates on those and illustrates how a rather Cambodian Theravada constructed through accommodating itself to premodern Khmer modes of concept. Following the overthrow of Prince Sihanouk in 1970, Cambodia slid quickly into illness and violence. Later chapters chart the removal of institutional Buddhism less than the Khmer Rouge and its sluggish reemergence after Pol Pot, the recovery of the monastic order's prerevolutionary institutional varieties, and the emergence of up to date Buddhist groupings.
Cambodian Buddhism: historical past and Practice synthesizes a huge variety of scholarship (most of it in French), complemented through the author's personal fieldwork in sleek Cambodia. the result's a wide-ranging, well-documented, and complete account of a ignored Southeast Asian culture.

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63. , 64. 20 Tenzin Gyatso and Jean-Claude Carrière, The Power of Buddhism (Dublin: Newleaf, 1996), 206. 18 10 introduction assertion concerning the overarching authority of science as arbiter remains immensely significant, because it not only implies the ideological neutrality of science, but also suggests the ideological neutrality of its practical application in technology. As already discussed, the latter in particular is very problematic because, on the contrary, the introduction of items of technology lead rapidly and inevitably to the radical altering of the users’ approach not only to space and time, but also to both the world and other people.

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