Charles Hallisey believes that a variety of moral theories can be identified in Theravada Buddhism
, and suggests that scholars who have sought to explain Buddhist ethics by reference to a single comprehensive theory have been asking the wrong question.
However, the English educated Sinhalese elite came to know through publications of the Chinese Buddhist Association, Peking, and the Journal of the Chinese Embassy, Colombo called "People China" that Theravada Buddhism
flourishes in the Yunan province in South-west China, bordering the Theravada lands of Siam, Burma, Cambodia and Laos.
New readings of Buddhist history also emerge from the work of Lilian Handlin, whose focus on inscriptions dating to the eleventh to thirteenth centuries offers new venues for assessing 'The changing landscape of Pali Buddhism in Pagan', (29) inviting us to rethink our received ideas on Theravada Buddhism
in the classical kingdom from which Burmese trace their cultural lineage.
It is from this scenario, as the author makes another important thematic point, that Theravada Buddhism
in Thailand has re-established a new "relevance" for "modern Thai life and problems" (p.
"On the Ambivalence of Female Monasticism in Theravada Buddhism
."Asian Ethnology, 68.2 (2009), 265-282.
The traditional Buddhist-centred paradigm has been organized around the proposed model of 'inclusive or integrative syncretism', which argues for an integral complex religious system composed of Theravada Buddhism
, folk Brahmanism and animism or supernaturalism.
Scott's impressive recent book, Nirvana for Sale?: Buddhism, Wealth, and the Dhammakaya Temple in Contemporary Thailand, seeks to complicate a simplistic and often wrong-headed view that "authentic" Theravada Buddhism
writ large is inherently antithetical to the accrual of wealth, and that the Thai Dhammakaya tradition is therefore an example of a "capitalistic" or "materialistic" Buddhism that is, in some important ways, at odds with the true essence of Buddhism.
He said that Theravada Buddhism
which has taught us to move forward as a nation on the path of kindness, tolerance, humanity, equality and harmony is the greatest gift that Sri Lanka can bestow upon the world.
This collection, composed of an introduction and ten individual chapters, could equally well have been titled Revisiting Theravada Buddhism
. It can in effect be read at two levels.
is Sri Lanka's biggest religion, accounting for about 70% of the population.
Sri Lanka's majority Buddhists will pounce on any perceived threat, to what is strongly espoused and held sacred in Sri Lanka-Sinhala Theravada Buddhism
A rare case of a Tibeto-Burman society in Southeast Asia that converted to Theravada Buddhism
, the Phunoy constitute an illustrative example of how Buddhist and animist ideas continue to correspond to and complement each other.
Next is the long-held belief that the island of Sri Lanka is a designated sanctuary for Theravada Buddhism
, the purest form of Buddhism and, as such, precludes political power sharing with non-Buddhists.
Like Krishnan's essay, Ghose's mistakenly identifies the Sarvastivadins Schools with Theravada Buddhism
. At the end of this essay, while delineating the visual representation of Avadana literature in the mural paintings of the Kizil caves, The sutra of the wise and foolish is presumed 'to be a compilation of lecture notes collected in Khotan' (p.