Theravada Buddhism provides a comprehensive introductory overview of the history, teachings, and current practice of an often misunderstood form of one of the world s oldest religious traditions.
Explores Theravada Buddhism s origins, evolution, teachings, and practicesConsiders the practice of Theravada beyond Sri Lanka and Thailand, by exploring a wealth of material from countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, and VietnamReveals its rich and varied traditions, and corrects common misunderstandings about links to other practices, such as early Buddhism or Hinayana BuddhismIncorporates student-friendly features including a glossary and other study aids
Kate Crosby is a Seiyu Kiriyama Reader in Buddhist Studies in the Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS, University of London, and is also a member of the Centre of South East Asian Studies and the Centre of Buddhist Studies. She is the author or editor of a number of books, including Santideva s Bodhicaryavatara: Buddhist Path To Awakening (with Andrew Skilton, 1998), andThe Dead of Night & the Women (2009).
Acknowledgments viii Map xi Introduction 1 Part One Buddha 13 1 The Buddha and Buddhahood 15 2 Buddha Worship 43 Part Two Dhamma 69 3 Literature, Languages, and Conveying the Dhamma 71 4 The Jataka 99 5 The Good Buddhist 112 6 Meditation 138 7 Abhidhamma 174 Part Three Sangha and Society 195 8 Monks, Monasteries, and their Position in Society 197 9 Women in Monasticism 218 10 Women in Theravada Literature and Society 238 11 Feminist Readings of Gender-Related Symbols 250 12 Nonharming, Politics, and Violence 262 Glossary 283 Index 290