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Thailand's international meditation centers : tourism and the global commodification of religious practices

Author: Brooke Schedneck
Publisher: London [England] ; New York, New York : Routledge, 2015. ©2015
Series: Routledge religion in contemporary Asia series, 3.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores contemporary practices within the new institution of international meditation centers in Thailand. It discusses the development of the lay vipassana meditation movement in Thailand and relates Thai Buddhism to contemporary processes of commodification and globalisation. Through an examination of how meditation centers are promoted internationally, the author considers how Thai Buddhism is  Read more...
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Schedneck, Brooke.
Thailand's international meditation centers : tourism and the global commodification of religious practices.
London, [England] ; New York, New York : Routledge, ©2015
xi, 197 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brooke Schedneck
ISBN: 9781315697284 1315697289 9781317449386 131744938X 9781317449379 1317449371
OCLC Number: 912319800
Description: 1 online resource (211 pages) : illustrations, maps, photographs, tables.
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgments; Transliteration of Thai terms; 1 Imagining Buddhism; 2 Theravāda Buddhism and the history of modern vipassanā; 3 The field of international engagement with Thai meditation centers; 4 Narratives of international meditators' experiences; 5 Meditation for tourists in Thailand: commodifying a universal and national symbol; 6 Pedagogical techniques for translating vipassanā meditation; 7 Embodying meditation; 8 The future of Thailand's international meditation centers; Bibliography.
Series Title: Routledge religion in contemporary Asia series, 3.
Responsibility: Brooke Schedneck.

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This book explores contemporary practices within the new institution of international meditation centers in Thailand. It discusses the development of the lay vipassana meditation movement in Thailand and relates Thai Buddhism to contemporary processes of commodification and globalisation. Through an examination of how meditation centers are promoted internationally, the author considers how Thai Buddhism is translated for and embodied within international tourists who participate in meditation retreats in Thailand. Shedding new light on the decontextualization of religious practices, and raisi.

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"This is a valuable study for a number of reasons. For example, Chapter 2, ``Theravada Buddhism and the History of Modern Vipassana,'' is simply one of the most elucidating treatments of this subject Read more...

 
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