By Frank E. Reynolds, Jason A. Carbine
Bringing jointly fifteen essays by means of extraordinary Buddhist students from Asia, Europe, and North the USA, this booklet bargains a particular portrayal of the "life of Buddhism." The individuals specialise in a couple of non secular practices around the Buddhist international, from Sri Lanka to long island, Japan to Tibet. The essays spotlight now not lots Buddhist doctrine or sacred texts, yet really the particular habit and lived event of Buddhist adherents.
A common advent by means of Frank E. Reynolds and Jason A. Carbine presents a old evaluate and in brief characterizes the 3 significant versions of Buddhist tradition--the Hinayana/Theravada department practiced in Sri Lanka and lots more and plenty of Southeast Asia; the Mahayana department positioned so much particularly in East Asia; and the Vajrayana/Esoteric department demonstrated in Tibet and Japan. It additionally takes observe of a particular kind of Buddhism that's now rising between non-Asian practitioners within the West. The editors introduce every one essay with a quick statement that situates its contents in the Buddhist culture as an entire.
The items provide concise depictions and analyses of specific facets of Buddhist lifestyles, together with temple structure and iconography, the consecration of sacred items, meditative practices, devotional expressions, exorcisms, and pilgrimage trips. themes mentioned additionally contain the development of religio-political and religio-social hierarchies, gender roles, the administration of asocial habit, and confrontations with loss of life and loss of life.
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In the following essay, since he is dealing with a Theravada tradition, the author uses the Pali forms of Buddhist terms. ) CREATING AND DISSEMINATING THE SACRED Donald K. Swearer Buddha image consecration ceremonies in northern Thailand can be held at any time of the year. Generally speaking, however, they occur after the end of the monastic rains retreat (vassa) and prior to the Visakha Puja, the celebration of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. Consequently, even though there is no stipulated season for the consecration of a Buddha image, the ceremonies tend to occur more frequently between November and May.
The stone lanterns, the ancient pine trees, the wonderfully wrought brazen dragons that spout water in a fountain, the stone Jizo (a bodhisattva), wrapped about with votive cloths presented by devout worshipers whose little children have gone to the far land where now only Jizo can help them, the bell tower, the façade of the temple itself with perhaps half a dozen smaller structures standing about it, the lotus pond with its gold ﬁsh, the many pigeons that ﬂy about the court, owing their living to the kindness of the pilgrims, and most of all, the glad looks of the worshipers who have come in their best kimonos to do homage to the Buddha, and the joyous faces of the many children almost invariably found here, make it a scene not to be forgotten.
The chief sponsor then lights a large candle invoking the Buddha Vipassin, the ﬁrst of the last six Buddhas preceding Gotama, and two candles on either side symbolizing the lokiya (mundane) and lokuttara (transmundane) dimensions of the Buddha-dhamma. The evening’s main activities alternate among chanting, preaching, and meditation. Chanting includes paritta (protection) suttas from the standard Theravada repertoire as well as texts unique to the northern Thai ritual context. In most image consecration rituals throughout Thailand, the Pali Buddha Abhiseka will be chanted.