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  1. Rite of Passage or Ethnic Festival?Shan Buddhist Novice Ordinations in Northern Thailand.Nancy Eberhardt - 2009 - Contemporary Buddhism 10 (1):51-63.
    Buddhist novice ordinations have long been an important focus of ritual activity in rural Shan communities. In recent years, large numbers of Shan have been moving into urban areas of northern Thailand, notably the city of Chiang Mai. Many of these are cross-border migrants fleeing unstable conditions in Burma. Others are long-term residents of Thailand's rural border provinces pursuing educational and economic opportunities. With the new concentrations of Shan in Chiang Mai, novice ordinations are becoming an important annual event in (...)
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  • Constrictive Constructs: Unravelling the Influence of Weber's Sociology on Theravada Studies Since the 1960s.Phibul Choompolpaisal - 2008 - Contemporary Buddhism 9 (1):7-51.
    The present article assesses the substantial impact of Weber's sociology upon studies of Theravada Buddhism. In doing so, it reviews several important works on Theravada Buddhism with a view to analysing the use, influence and implications of Weber's sociology in Buddhist studies. After providing a broad overview of this influence in Theravada studies the discussion culminates with a more detailed discussion of the impact of Weber's sociology on the study and representation of Thai Buddhism.
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  • The Buddhist Refusal of Theism.Matthew T. Kapstein - 2005 - Diogenes 52 (1):61-65.
    Early Buddhism was not interested in questions about existence and the nature of God, considering these unimportant in relation to the question of the release from earthly suffering which is at the heart of Buddhist soteriology. Later Buddhist thought considered theism incompatible with Buddhist doctrine, but at the same time Buddhism developed a dimension of devotion that resembled theistic faith. Conscious of their different religious heritage, Buddhist thinkers in more recent times have nevertheless embraced dialogue with monotheistic religions, emphasizing their (...)
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  • Momentary Return of the Cosmic Unconscious: The Nature of Zen/Chan Enlightenment.Ming Dong Gu - 2015 - Asian Philosophy 25 (4):402-417.
    Zen/Chan, which used to be a Far Eastern philosophy-cum-religion, has evolved into a global cultural phenomenon. Despite the many views expressed by numerous thinkers in the world, the consensus on Chan and Chan enlightenment remains an agnostic Oriental mysticism. By exploring Chan and enlightenment from a combined perspective of history, philosophy, psychology, religion and linguistics, this article proposes a hitherto unexpressed view. Chan enlightenment is a prenatal physico-psychological existence, which grows out of a fetal subject’s perception of the womb. Although (...)
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  • Why the Lotus Siitra?-On the Historic Significance of Tendai.L. A. I. Whalen - 1987 - Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 1412:3.
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  • An Easier Way to Become a Buddha?Fuchuan Yao - 2012 - Asian Philosophy 22 (2):121-132.
    Jay Garfield proposes a transpersonal way to ease the extreme difficulty to become a Buddha for those refugees who are agonized by the arduous pursuit. By ?transpersonal method?, Garfield means that we could accumulate others? karma to become a Buddha just as we do with others? knowledge. Garfield's proposal touches an essential question of Buddhism: how to become a Buddha or how to attain nirvana? Generally, most Buddhists think that nirvana should be done through the intrapersonal (or difficult) way rather (...)
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  • Is Merit in the Milk Powder? Pursuing Punna in Contemporary Sri Lanka.Jeffrey Samuels - 2008 - Contemporary Buddhism 9 (1):123-147.
    This article examines merit making in contemporary Sri Lankan practice. Exploring the role of emotions, most generally defined as ?happiness in the heart/mind,? in this important Buddhist activity, this article seeks not only to move beyond a more mechanical view of merit making as generalized exchange, but also to introduce an affective quality to the notion of intention (cetan?). Finally, this article questions the tendency to judge Buddhist behavior and appearance solely against the norms set forth in the Buddhist monastic (...)
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  • Why the Lotus Sutra? On the Historic Significance of Tendai.Whalen Lai - 1987 - Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 14 (2-3):83-99.
  • Constructing “The Middle”: The Socialization of Monastic Youth in Buddhist Northern Thailand.Michael R. Chladek - 2018 - Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 46 (2):180-205.
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