Meditation in Modern Buddhism: Renunciation and Change in Thai Monastic Life (BOK)

Joanna Cook

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In contemporary Thai Buddhism, the burgeoning popularity of vipassana 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.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Joanna Cook
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521119382
Antall sider 224 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,6cm
Vekt 490 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Buddhist life & practice