The Buddha in Lanna

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.

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.

A Brief History of Lanna

Lan Na is the name of a conglomerate of Thai city-states that covered roughly the area of modern north Thailand between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries.

A Brief History of Lanna

Lan Na is the name of a conglomerate of Thai city-states that covered roughly the area of modern north Thailand between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. Lan Na's influence reached far into the neighbouring regions, most under the leadership of the city-state of Chiang Mai. Beginning with the popular legends, this wide-ranging narrative takes us through prehistoric and protohistoric periods, through history, up to the present day. While the writing of Lan Na history is still in its infancy, this brief and highly readable volume is a welcome step towards developing a fuller history of Northern Thailand.

Religion in Disputes

intellectual and rational aspects, particularly the study of Buddha's life and teachings (see also Harding, 2008). By contrast, Buddhism in Lanna, as in other regions outside Bangkok, tended to emphasize the dramatic and emotional ...

Religion in Disputes

How are time-honored tenets of faith, different ritual sensibilities, and newly emerging eschatological imaginaries articulated with other normative registers and moral susceptibilities in disputes? This book examines such questions through cases in Europe, the United States, Israel, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.


Becoming the Buddha

Sä's redaction, one serialized in a Buddhist periodical in the 1890s, was designed specifically for preaching. ... Like other traditional lives of the Buddha in Pāli and Sanskrit, the Pathom Somphôt Lännä (PSL) is structured around the ...

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.

Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand

The Buddha in Lanna: Art, Lineage, Power, and Place in Northern Thailand. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. Chodok, Phra Raja Sittimuni. 1966. Dhamma of Interest for Foreigners [Thama Thī Farang Sonjai]: Funerary Volume of Amaateak ...

Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand

Temples are everywhere in Chiang Mai, filled with tourists as well as saffron-robed monks of all ages. The monks participate in daily urban life here as elsewhere in Thailand, where Buddhism is promoted, protected, and valued as a tourist attraction. Yet this mountain city offers more than a fleeting, commodified tourist experience, as the encounters between foreign visitors and Buddhist monks can have long-lasting effects on both parties. These religious contacts take place where economic motives, missionary zeal, and opportunities for cultural exchange coincide. Brooke Schedneck incorporates fieldwork and interviews with student monks and tourists to examine the innovative ways that Thai Buddhist temples offer foreign visitors spaces for religious instruction and popular in-person Monk Chat sessions in which tourists ask questions about Buddhism. Religious Tourism in Northern Thailand also considers how Thai monks perceive other religions and cultures and how they represent their own religion when interacting with tourists, resulting in a revealing study of how religious traditions adapt to an era of globalization.

Religion Place and Modernity

Buddhist practices—caused majority peoples to look down upon these others with disdain. In doing so, lowlanders regarded marginal peoples as ... Like the Lao text, it maps out a geography of Buddhism in Lanna (Skilling, 2009:55).

Religion  Place and Modernity

The volume Religion, Place and Modernity explores the spatial articulation of religion and modernity in and through places in Southeast and East Asia. Based on ethnographic, historical and theoretical research, the authors aim at a deeper understanding of the articulation of a religious modernity.

Thailand s Theory of Monarchy

Buddhist monks from Sukhothai had propagated the Sinhalese style of Theravada Buddhism in Lanna from the late fourteenth century, and it is this form of Buddhism that brought with it the Vessantara Jātaka. The earliest reference to the ...

Thailand s Theory of Monarchy

Discusses the origins and cultural history of the Theravada Buddhist ideals behind the Thai institution of monarchy. Since the 2006 coup d’état, Thailand has been riven by two opposing political visions: one which aspires to a modern democracy and the rule of law, and another which holds to the traditional conception of a kingdom ruled by an exemplary Buddhist monarch. Thailand has one of the world’s largest populations of observant Buddhists and one of its last politically active monarchies. This book examines the Theravada Buddhist foundations of Thailand’s longstanding institution of monarchy. Patrick Jory states that the storehouse of monarchical ideology is to be found in the popular literary genre known as the Jātakas, tales of the Buddha’s past lives. The best-known of these, the Vessantara Jātaka, disseminated an ideal of an infinitely generous prince as a bodhisatta or future Buddha—an ideal which remains influential in Thailand today. Using primary and secondary source materials largely unknown in Western scholarship, Jory traces the history of the Vessantara Jātaka and its political-cultural importance from the ancient to the modern period. Although pressures from European colonial powers and Buddhist reformers led eventually to a revised political conception of the monarchy, the older Buddhist ideal of kingship has yet endured.

The Rough Guide to Thailand Travel Guide eBook

In the golden age of the Lanna kingdom, from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, Buddha images were produced in the north in two main contrasting styles (Ayutthaya-style images also became popular from the fifteenth century ...

The Rough Guide to Thailand  Travel Guide eBook

Discover this exciting destination with the most incisive and entertaining guidebook on the market. Whether you plan to island-hop your way down the Andaman coast, sample street food at Bangkok's night markets or trek to the hill tribes around Chiang Mai, The Rough Guide to Thailand will show you the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit along the way. - Independent, trusted reviews written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and insight, to help you get the most out of your visit, with options to suit every budget. - Full-colour maps throughout- navigate Bangkok's backstreets and stroll around Krabi town without needing to get online. - Stunning images - a rich collection of inspiring colour photography. - Things not to miss - Rough Guides' rundown of Thailand's best sights and experiences. - Itineraries - carefully planned routes to help you organize your trip. - Detailed regional coverage - whether off the beaten track or in more mainstream tourist destinations, this travel guide has in-depth practical advice for every step of the way. Areas covered include: Bangkok; Chiang Mai; Ko Samui; Ko Pha Ngan; Ko Lanta; Phuket; Ko Phi Phi; Krabi; Ko Tao; Ko Chang; Ko Kood; Ko Samet; Ko Mak; Pai; Ayutthaya; Nakhon Si Thammarat; Nan; Ao Phang Nga. Attractions include: Chatuchak Weekend Market; Jim Thompson's House; Wat Pho; Khmer ruinsat Phimai; Khao Yai National Park; Wat Phra That Doi Suthep; The Grand Palace; Wat Phu Tok; The National Museum. - Basics - essential pre-departure practical information including getting there, local transport, accommodation, food and drink, health, the media, festivals, outdoor activities, spas and traditional massage, meditation centres and retreats, culture and etiquette, travelling with children, and more. - Background information- a Contexts chapter devoted to history, religion, art and architecture, flora and fauna, environmental issues, music, hill tribes, film and recommended books, plus a handy language section. Make the Most of Your Time on Earth with The Rough Guide to Thailand. About Rough Guides: Escape the everyday with Rough Guides. We are a leading travel publisher known for our"tell it like it is" attitude, up-to-date content and great writing. Since 1982, we've published books covering more than 120 destinations around the globe, with an ever-growing series of ebooks, a range of beautiful, inspirational reference titles, and an award-winning website. We pride ourselves on our accurate, honest and informed travel guides.

Siam Mapped

the meaningful story of Buddhism apart from the Buddha's life is the prospering of Buddhism in Suwannaphum , that is ... But while the space of Lanna , the Chao Phraya valley , the Burmese coastal towns , and Sri Lanka is based on a ...

Siam Mapped

This study of nationhood explores the 19th-century confrontation of ideas that transformed the kingdom of Siam into the modern conception of a nation. Siam Mapped demonstrates that the physical and political definition of Thailand on which other works are based is anachronistic.

Buddhism Education and Politics in Burma and Thailand

In the Kingdom of Lanna, present-day northern Thailand, the Sangha was administered independently of Ayutthaya without much interference from the monarch. This reflected the fact that for centuries Lanna, with its capital at Chiang Mai ...

Buddhism  Education and Politics in Burma and Thailand

Drawing on primary sources in Pali, Burmese and Thai, practising monk Venerable Khammai Dhammasami guides the reader through the complex history of monastic education in two neighbouring countries with very different Buddhist societies: Burma and Thailand. This book provides a clear account of the ways in which royal leaders and monastic institutions worked to develop monastic education in the face of changing political and economic conditions, including colonialism and the political instability of the 19th and 20th centuries. It studies influences from both British colonists and Siamese/Thai reformers, and engages with primary material, including documents from Burmese monasteries, royal orders, royal chronicles, and official government records. As the first book to examine monastic education in Burma and Thailand, this is a welcome contribution to the social, monastic and religious history of Southeast Asia, and the growing field of Burmese Buddhist Studies.

The Rough Guide to Thailand

Meanwhile, to the north of Sukhothai, the independent Theravada Buddhist kingdom of Lanna was flourishing. Its art styles – known interchangeably as Chiang Saen and Lanna – built on the Dvaravati heritage of Haripunjaya, copying direct ...

The Rough Guide to Thailand

The Rough Guide to Thailand is the ultimate travel guide to one of Asia's most diverse and vibrant countries. The clear maps and detailed coverage will help you uncover the best that Thailand has to offer - from idyllic islands and atmospheric temples to fantastic street food and hill-tribe hikes The Rough Guide to Thailand offers insider information on everything from night markets and noodles to exploring the jungle and finding the quietest beaches, plus insider reviews of the best places to stay, eat and drink for all budgets, all brought to life by stunning photography. Whether you want to snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Andaman, explore ancient ruins or delve into the country's frenetic capital, The Rough Guide to Thailand will make sure you make the most of your time in Thailand.

Of Mechanical Swans and Rain producing Elephants

This collection of tales and sermons is drawn from previously unpublished data collected during the author's ten-year study of northern Thailand rural culture.

Of Mechanical Swans and Rain producing Elephants

Most published works on Buddhism tend to focus on mainstream or reform movements rather than on rural practice. This collection of tales and sermons is drawn from previously unpublished data collected during the author's ten-year study of northern Thailand rural culture. As most data languishing in file cabinets is eventually recycled (often, in the Thai case, being turned into bags for vendors of tried bananas), the reader will not have to buy so many fried bananas in order to access this valuable information. Bot religious scholars and readers with a lively curiosity about Buddhism will find this book of interest.

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

The tichang lecture is the Chan counterpart of expositions of Buddhist teachings given by lecturers in doctrinal schools, but making more use of Chan rather ... 1495–1528), considered to be the golden age of Lānnā Buddhist scholarship.

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Unlike reference works that focus on a single Buddhist language or school, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism bridges the major Buddhist traditions to provide encyclopedic coverage of the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites from across the history of Buddhism. The main entries offer both a brief definition and a substantial short essay on the broader meaning and significance of the term covered. Extensive cross-references allow readers to find related terms and concepts. An appendix of Buddhist lists (for example, the four noble truths and the thirty-two marks of the Buddha), a timeline, six maps, and two diagrams are also included. Written and edited by two of today's most eminent scholars of Buddhism, and more than a decade in the making, this landmark work is an essential reference for every student, scholar, or practitioner of Buddhism and for anyone else interested in Asian religion, history, or philosophy. The most comprehensive dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English More than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words The first dictionary to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions--Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Detailed entries on the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites in the history of Buddhism Cross-references and appendixes that allow readers to find related terms and look up equivalent terms in multiple Buddhist languages Includes a list of Buddhist lists, a timeline, and maps Also contains selected terms and names in Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Lao, Khmer, Sinhalese, Newar, and Mongolian

The Buddha Images and Pagodas in Thailand

King Anuruddha the Great expanded his kingdom by including provinces such as Lanna and Lanchang in northern Thailand. The King and his subjects were Hinayana Buddhists. During this reign, Theravada Buddhism spread to Thailand.

The Buddha Images and Pagodas in Thailand


The Charm of Lanna Wood Carving

On wood carving in northern Thailand.

The Charm of Lanna Wood Carving

On wood carving in northern Thailand.

The Buddhist Monastery

This stūpa has certainly been a religious centre in Hariphunchai since this period , which means before the arrival of the Thais and the beginning of the Lanna period . Buddhism in Lanna would eventually develop with its roots deeply ...

The Buddhist Monastery

This volume is a comparative survey of the Buddhist monastery throughout Asia. It includes field surveys, historical aspects and the compilation of bibliographies.

1000 Buddhas of Genius

Buddhist Art from the Ayutthaya Kingdom (Thailand) During the Ayutthaya period (1350-1767), depictions of the Buddha, having become more realistic, adopted a more exuberant style ... Seated Buddha (Lanna style), 1358-1456, Laos, bronze.

1000 Buddhas of Genius

„All living beings are Buddhas and have wisdom and virtue within them. (Buddha) Buddha ranks among the most often depicted holy figures of the world perhaps appearing more than Christ, a subject widely treated by Western artists. Venerated in all the nations of Asia, and even beyond, his image took form along the Silk Road, the birthplace of many schools of Buddhism. Indeed, the Buddhist religion recognises many Buddhas representing various traditions: such as Buddhism of „the Ancient Teaching‰ (Theravada), of „the Great Vehicle‰ (Mahayana) and Tantric Buddhism (Varjrayana). A figure adored by all, Buddha has been depicted in every art form: sculpture, often of monumental size, like the now destroyed Buddhas of Bamyan, painting, and above all in countless cave murals, such as those of Ajanta in India or Dunhuang in China. Perfect for all those passionate about Asian art, from neophytes to Buddhists, this fascinating work invites the reader to discover or rediscover Buddha, his history, his codes, but also his innumerable faces through one thousand representations selected from among the most beautiful works held in the worldÊs greatest museums.

Managing Intermediate Size Cities

Burmese architectural influence, with Buddha statues painted in whiteand construction ofthe temple building the “wat” often ... The Buddhist temples and the Lanna houses are not the only historically significant structures in the city.

Managing Intermediate Size Cities

I am both pleased and honored to introduce this book to readers, and I want to take a few moments to explain why. Michael Romanos and Christopher Auffrey have produced a volume which will be of immense value to several different types of people. Planners and other specialists concerned with the development of the Southeast Asian region and the issues and opportunities associated with urban growth and sustainable development will find much to interest them in this book. But the book, I believe, has much wider appeal, and that is what I want to touch on briefly here. The University of Cincinnati, where Michael, Chris, and I work, is attempting to globalize itself - to develop its institutional capacity for international activities, to infuse its curriculum with international themes, and to promote and increase global competence among its graduates. Many American universities are doing this, of course. In the process, we are seeing some very interesting experiments in pedagogy, as faculty look for "learning moments" in new and sometimes exotic places. Michael, Chris, and their colleagues have, it seems to me, developed an outstanding model for learning across national and cultural boundaries. In the chapters which follow, you will read the results of their work. What will be less apparent, however, is the process by which that work was produced.

Militant Buddhism

Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom. Access to Insight: Readings in Theravada Buddhism. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/ kn/dhp/dhp.14.budd.html Buddharakkhita, Acharya. 1996b. ... Charismatic Monks of Lanna Buddhism.

Militant Buddhism

Against the backdrop of the ongoing Rohingya crisis, this book takes a close and detailed look at the rise of militant Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand, and especially at the issues of ‘why’ and ‘how’ around it. We are well aware of Christian fundamentalism, militant Judaism and Islamist Salafism-Jihadism. Extremist and violent Buddhism however features only rarely in book-length studies on religion and political violence. Somehow, the very idea of Buddhist monks as the archetypical ‘world renouncers’ exhorting frenzied mobs to commit acts of violence against perceived ‘enemies of the religion’ seems to be outright ludicrous. Recent events in Myanmar/Burma, but also in Thailand and Sri Lanka, however indicate that a militant strand of Theravada Buddhism is on the rise. How can this rise be explained, and what role do monks play in that regard? These are the two broad questions that this book explores.