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Meditation in Modern Buddhism von Cook (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.08.2010
  • Verlag: Cambridge University Press
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Meditation in Modern Buddhism

In contemporary Thai Buddhism, the burgeoning popularity of vipassan meditation is dramatically impacting the lives of those most closely involved with its practice: monks and mae chee (lay nuns) living in monastic communities. For them, meditation becomes a central focus of life and a way to transform the self. This ethnographic account of a thriving Northern Thai monastery examines meditation in detail, and explores the subjective signification of monastic duties and ascetic practices. Drawing on fieldwork done both as an analytical observer and as a full participant in the life of the monastery, Joanna Cook analyzes the motivation and experience of renouncers, and shows what effect meditative practices have on individuals and community organization. The particular focus on the status of mae chee - part lay, part monastic - provides a fresh insight into social relationships and gender hierarchy within the context of the monastery.

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    Format: PDF
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 05.08.2010
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780511771170
    Verlag: Cambridge University Press
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