Consideration of children in the academic field of Religious Studies is taking root, but Buddhist Studies has yet to take notice. This collection is intended to open the question of children in Buddhism. It brings together a wide range of scholarship and expertise to address the question of what role children have played in the literature, in particular historical contexts, and what role they continue to play in specific Buddhist contexts today. Because the material is, in most cases, uncharted, all nineteen contributors involved in the project have exchanged chapters among themselves and thereby engaged in a kind of internal cohesion difficult to achieve in an edited project. The volume is divided into two parts. Part One addresses the representation of children in Buddhist texts and Part Two looks at children and childhoods in Buddhist cultures around the world. Little Buddhas will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars of Buddhism and Childhood Studies, and a catalyst for further research on the topic.
Professor of Comparative Religion ,Marianopolis College; Research Fellow, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa; Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion, McGill University
Contributors ; Introduction: Charting New Territory: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions - Vanessa R. Sasson ; Part One: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts ; Chapter One: A New Hat for Hariti: On "Giving" Children for their Protection to Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Early India - Gregory Schopen ; Chapter Two: Scarecrows, Upasakas, Fetuses, and Other Child Monastics in Middle Period Indian Buddhism - Amy Paris Langenberg ; Chapter Three: The Buddha's "Childhood": The Foundation for the Great Departure - Vanessa R. Sasson ; Chapter Four: The Inheritance of Rahula: Abandoned Child, Boy Monk, Ideal Son, and Trainee - Kate Crosby ; Chapter Five: The Precocious Child in Chinese Buddhism - Miriam Levering ; Chapter Six: Picturing Childhood in Chinese Buddhism: The Sujati Jataka in Text and Image - Winston Kyan ; Chapter Seven: "What Children Need": Making Childhood with Technologies of Protection and Healing - Frances Garrett ; Chapter Eight: Picturing Buddhism: Nurturing Buddhist Worldviews through Children's Books - Karen Derris ; Part Two: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Traditions ; Chapter Nine: Ordination (Pabbajja) as Going Forth?: Social Bonds and the Making of a Buddhist Monastic - Jeffrey Samuels ; Chapter Ten: Monk and Boy: Becoming a Novice in Contemporary Sipsongpanna - Thomas Borchert ; Chapter Eleven: Buddhism as a Vehicle for Girls' Safety and Education in Thailand - Monica Lindberg Falk ; Chapter Twelve: Superheroes and Slapstick: New Media and the Teaching of Buddhist Children in Thailand - Justin McDaniel ; Chapter Thirteen: Once We Were...: Former Child Nuns in Taiwan Reflecting Back - Wei-Yi Cheng ; Chapter Fourteen: Zen-Boy Ikkyu - Melissa Anne-Marie Curley ; Chapter Fifteen: Marrying the "Thought Of Enlightenment": The Multivalency of Girls' Symbolic Marriage Rites in the Newar Buddhist Community of Kathmandu, Nepal - Todd Lewis & Christoph Emmrich ; Chapter Sixteen: Children in Himalayan Monasteries - Karma Lekshe Tsomo ; Chapter Seventeen: The Westernization of Tulkus - Elijah Ary ; Chapter Eighteen: "Give Me My Inheritance": Western Buddhists Raising Buddhist Children - Kristin Scheible ; Chapter Nineteen: Young Lord Maitreya: The Curious Case of Jiddu Krishnamurti - Hillary Rodrigues ; Bibliography ; Index