Indo Iranian Journal

Review of T. Rahula , A critical study of the Mahāvastu ( Delhi , 1978 ) - JRAS 1979 , pp . 172-173 . Review of H. Bechert ( ed . ) , Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on religious syncretism in Buddhist Countries ( Göttingen ...

Indo Iranian Journal


South Asian Folklore

BUDDHIST SACRED GEOGRAPHY , SRI LANKA Sri Lankan Buddhist religiosity is embodied in myriad forms . ... In Buddhism in Ceylon and studies on religious syncretism in Buddhist countries , ed . Heinz Bechert .

South Asian Folklore

With 600 signed, alphabetically organized articles covering the entirety of folklore in South Asia, this new resource includes countries and regions, ethnic groups, religious concepts and practices, artistic genres, holidays and traditions, and many other concepts. A preface introduces the material, while a comprehensive index, cross-references, and black and white illustrations round out the work. The focus on south Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, with short survey articles on Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, and various diaspora communities. This unique reference will be invaluable for collections serving students, scholars, and the general public.

Relics Ritual and Representation in Buddhism

Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition Kevin Trainor, Associate Professor of Religion Kevin Trainor ... In Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries . Edited by Heinz Bechert .

Relics  Ritual  and Representation in Buddhism

This study examines the place of relic veneration in the history of South Asian Buddhism.

Buddhism Buddhist origins and the early history of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia

Metzner , Frankfurt am Main ) ( 1969 ) ' Zur Geschichte der buddhistischen Sekten in Indien und Ceylon ' , La ... ( 1978 ) Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies in Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries , ( Abhandlung der Akademie der ...

Buddhism  Buddhist origins and the early history of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia

This eight-volume set brings together seminal papers in Buddhist studies from a vast range of academic disciplines published over the last forty years. With a new introduction by the editor, this collection is a unique and unrivalled research resource for both student and scholar. Coverage includes: - Buddhist origins; early history of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia - early Buddhist Schools and Doctrinal History; Theravada Doctrine - the Origins and nature of Mahayana Buddhism; some Mahayana religious topics - Abhidharma and Madhyamaka - Yogacara, the Epistemological tradition, and Tathagatagarbha - Tantric Buddhism (Including China and Japan); Buddhism in Nepal and Tibet - Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, and - Buddhism in China, East Asia, and Japan.

Becoming the Buddha

Journal of the International Association for Buddhist Studies 11, no. ... The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response. ... In Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries.

Becoming the Buddha

Becoming the Buddha is the first book-length study of a key ritual of Buddhist practice in Asia: the consecration of a Buddha image or "new Buddha," a ceremony by which the Buddha becomes present or alive. Through a richly detailed, accessible exploration of this ritual in northern Thailand, an exploration that stands apart from standard text-based or anthropological approaches, Donald Swearer makes a major contribution to our understanding of the Buddha image, its role in Buddhist devotional life, and its relationship to the veneration of Buddha relics. Blending ethnography, analysis, and Buddhist texts related to this mimetic reenactment of the night of the Buddha's enlightenment, he demonstrates that the image becomes the Buddha's surrogate by being invested with the Buddha's story and charged with the extraordinary power of Buddhahood. The process by which this transformation occurs through chant, sermon, meditation, and the presence of charismatic monks is at the heart of this book. Known as "opening the eyes of the Buddha," image consecration traditions throughout Buddhist Asia share much in common. Within the cultural context of northern Thailand, Becoming the Buddha illuminates scriptural accounts of the making of the first Buddha image; looks at debates over the ritual's historical origin, at Buddhological insights achieved, and at the hermeneutics of absence and presence; and provides a thematic comparison of several Buddhist traditions.

Populism in Asian Democracies

historical record by most Sinhalese Buddhists, enabling the construction of the Sinhalese as “sons of the soil” of ... in Buddhist Countries,” in Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries: Report on a ...

Populism in Asian Democracies

In Populism in Asian Democracies: Features, Structures and Impacts, members of the Asia Democracy Research Network (ADRN) discuss the diverse subtypes of populism in 11 countries across Asia, their structural elements and societal impacts.

The Buddha in Lanna

In Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries, edited by Heinz Bechert, 281–303. Göttingen, West Germany: Vandenhoek und Ruprecht, 1978. — — —. Theravāda Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares ...

The Buddha in Lanna

For centuries, wherever Thai Buddhists have made their homes, statues of the Buddha have provided striking testament to the role of Buddhism in the lives of the people. The Buddha in Lanna offers the first in-depth historical study of the Thai tradition of donation of Buddha statues. Drawing on palm-leaf manuscripts and inscriptions, many never previously translated into English, the book reveals the key roles that Thai Buddha images have played in the social and economic worlds of their makers and devotees from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries. Author Angela Chiu introduces stories from chronicles, histories, and legends written by monks in Lanna, a region centered in today’s northern Thailand. By examining the stories’ themes, structures, and motifs, she illuminates the complex conceptual and material aspects of Buddha images that influenced their functions in Lanna society. Buddha images were depicted as social agents and mediators, the focal points of pan-regional political-religious lineages and rivalries, indeed, as the very generators of history itself. In the chronicles, Buddha images also unified the Buddha with the northern Thai landscape, thereby integrating Buddhist and local conceptions of place. By comparing Thai Buddha statues with other representations of the Buddha, the author underscores the contribution of the Thai evidence to a broader understanding of how different types of Buddha representations were understood to mediate the “presence” of the Buddha. The Buddha in Lanna focuses on the Thai Buddha image as a part of the wider society and history of its creators and worshippers beyond monastery walls, shedding much needed light on the Buddha image in history. With its impressive range of primary sources, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Buddhism and Buddhist art history, Thai studies, and Southeast Asian religious studies.

Maitreya the Future Buddha

Alan Sponberg, Helen Hardacre, Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society Helen Hardacre ... Ceylon: An Interpretative Essay," in Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries, ed.

Maitreya  the Future Buddha

This 1988 book is a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the legend that has evolved around the figure of Maitreya.

Buddha in the Crown

Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka John Clifford Holt ... "Magical Animism and Buddhism: A Structural Analysis. ... In Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries (Symposien zur ...

Buddha in the Crown

Historical, anthropological, and philosophical in approach, Buddha in the Crown is a case study in religious and cultural change. It examines the various ways in which Avalokitesvara, the most well known and proliferated bodhisattva of Mahayana Buddhism throughout south, southeast, and east Asia, was assimilated into the transforming religious culture of Sri Lanka, one of the most pluralistic in Asia. Exploring the expressions of the bodhisattva's cult in Sanskrit and Sinhala literature, in iconography, epigraphy, ritual, symbol, and myth, the author develops a provocative thesis regarding the dynamics of religious change. Interdisciplinary in scope, addressing a wide variety of issues relating to Buddhist thought and practice, and providing new and original information on the rich cultural history of Sri Lanka, this book will interest students of Buddhism and South Asia.

Collected Papers on Buddhist Studies

... 1972 ; and Bardwell L. Smith , “ Kingship , the Sangha , and the Process of Legitimation in Anuradhapura , Ceylon : An Interpretative Essay , ” in Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries , ed .

Collected Papers on Buddhist Studies

In this volume, a companion to the author`s Collected Papers on Jaina Studies, twenty-nine of his articles, encompassing some forty years of research on various facets of Buddhism, have been brought together for the first time. They cover a wide range of topics including comparative studies with Jainism, points of controversy within Abhidharma, the Bodhisattva career of Maitreya based on narratives from the Jatakas and Mahayana Sutras, and selections from Buddhist ritual texts.

Buddhist History in the Vernacular

In Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries, edited by Heinz Bechert, 28-47. Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1978. Norman, K. R. and O. von Hinuber, eds. Dhammapada. Oxford: Pali Text Society, ...

Buddhist History in the Vernacular

The Index Buddhicus is the first classified comprehensive bibliography of Buddhist Studies. It describes secondary material ranging from articles, papers and chapters appearing in journals, proceedings and collections, through reference works, monographs, editions and theses, to digital resources. All entries are linked to an elaborate index of both proper names and thematic, and cross referenced to related material. The Index is available as an online resource.

Relics of the Buddha

Miraculous Retribution: A Study and Translation of T'ang Lin's Ming-pao chi. Berkeley: Berkeley Buddhist Series. ... In Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on the Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries. Edited by Heinz Bechert.

Relics of the Buddha

Buddhism is popularly seen as a religion stressing the truth of impermanence. How, then, to account for the long-standing veneration, in Asian Buddhist communities, of bone fragments, hair, teeth, and other bodily bits said to come from the historic Buddha? Early European and American scholars of religion, influenced by a characteristic Protestant bias against relic worship, declared such practices to be superstitious and fraudulent, and far from the true essence of Buddhism. John Strong's book, by contrast, argues that relic veneration has played a serious and integral role in Buddhist traditions in South and Southeast Asia-and that it is in no way foreign to Buddhism. The book is structured around the life story of the Buddha, starting with traditions about relics of previous buddhas and relics from the past lives of the Buddha Sakyamuni. It then considers the death of the Buddha, the collection of his bodily relics after his cremation, and stories of their spread to different parts of Asia. The book ends with a consideration of the legend of the future parinirvana (extinction) of the relics prior to the advent of the next Buddha, Maitreya. Throughout, the author does not hesitate to explore the many versions of these legends and to relate them to their ritual, doctrinal, artistic, and social contexts.

Pain and Its Ending

Buddhism in India (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 1997), 23-25; see also O. von Hiniiber, 'On the Tradition of Pali Texts in India, Ceylon and Burma,' Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies in Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries, ed.

Pain and Its Ending

Demonstrates how the four noble truths are used thorughout the Pali canon as a symbol of Buddha's enlightenment and as a doctrine within a larger network of Buddha's teachings. Their unique nature rests in their function as a proposition and as a symbol in the Theravada canon.

Selfless Persons

( 1978 ) The Role of Pali in Early Sinhalese Buddhism . In Bechert , H. ( ed . ) Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies in Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries ( Göttingen ) . ( forthcoming ) A Note on Attä in the Alagaddupama Sutta .

Selfless Persons

This book explains anatta through cultural, historical and Theravada Buddhist tradition and context.

The Buddha

“Récit de l'apparition du Buddha, sortant du cercueil, à sa mère, Mahama;ya. ... A Life of the Buddha from a Burmese Manuscript. ... In Buddhism in Ceylon and Studies on Religious Syncretism in Buddhist Countries, ed. Heinz Bechert.

The Buddha

Revealing the man behind the icon. From his many births to his deathbed deeds, this authoritative biography unites the Buddha of history with the Buddha of legend in a bid to reveal the lasting spiritual relevance at the heart of the Buddhist tradition. Acclaimed scholar John Strong examines not only the historical texts, but also the supernatural accounts that surround this great religious figure, uncovering the roots of many Buddhist beliefs and practices. Accompanied by helpful charts and tables, and drawing on a vast array of primary sources, the text also features such key topics as: biographical accounts from all the Buddhist schools, an analysis of the Buddha’s enlightenment, the life of the Buddha as depicted by Buddhist art and rituals, and the relics of Siddhartha Gautama, and how they continue his story, even after his lifetime.