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Buddhism and society : a great tradition and its Burmese vicissitudes

Author: Melford E Spiro
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd, expanded edView all editions and formats
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The Western interest in Buddhism and other Eastern religions is - among other reasons - both the result of and the stimulation for an entire library of books purporting to bring the Wisdom of the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melford E Spiro
ISBN: 0520046714 9780520046719 0520046722 9780520046726
OCLC Number: 7976102
Description: xxiv, 510 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: I. PROLOGUE: Theravada Buddhism: an anthropological problem --
II. BUDDHISM AS AN IDEOLOGICAL SYSTEM: Nibbanic Buddhism: a religion of radical salvation --
Kammatic Buddhism: I : a religion of proximate salvation --
Kammatic Buddhism: II : the central concept of merit --
Kammatic Buddhism: III : the key doctrine of karma --
Apotropaic Buddhism: a religion of magical protection --
Esoteric Buddhism: a religion of chiliastic expectations --
III. BUDDHISM AS A RITUAL SYSTEM: The Buddhist cultus: its generic attributes --
The ceremonial cycles: I : calendrical rituals --
The ceremonial cycles: II : Life-cycle rituals --
Crisis rituals --
IV. BUDDHISM AS A MONASTIC SYSTEM: Monasticism: I : the normative structure --
Monasticism: II : the social structure --
The monk: I : recruitment structure --
The monk: II : character structure --
The Sangha and the state --
The stats of the monkhood in Burmese society --
V. BUDDHISM AND THE WORLD: Buddhism and the world: a critique --
Buddhism and Burmese society.
Responsibility: Melford E. Spiro.

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