By Ian Charles Harris
The learn of Cambodian faith has lengthy been hampered via an absence of simply obtainable scholarship. This striking new paintings by way of Ian Harris hence fills a big hole and provides English-language students a book-length, updated therapy of the spiritual facets of Cambodian tradition. starting with a coherent background of the presence of faith within the nation from its inception to the current day, the publication is going directly to provide insights into the targeted nature of Cambodia's vital but ignored manifestation of Theravada Buddhist culture and to teach the way it reestablished itself following nearly overall annihilation throughout the Pol Pot interval.
Historical sections disguise the dominant position of tantric Mahayana techniques and rituals below the final nice king of Angkor, Jayavarman VII (1181-c. 1220); the increase of Theravada traditions after the cave in of the Angkorian civilization; the impression of overseas affects at the improvement of the nineteenth-century monastic order; and politicized Buddhism and the Buddhist contribution to an rising feel of Khmer nationhood. The Buddhism practiced in Cambodia has a lot in universal with parallel traditions in Thailand and Sri Lanka, but there also are major adjustments. The e-book concentrates on those and illustrates how a notably Cambodian Theravada constructed by means of accommodating itself to premodern Khmer modes of notion. Following the overthrow of Prince Sihanouk in 1970, Cambodia slid swiftly into ailment and violence. Later chapters chart the removal of institutional Buddhism below the Khmer Rouge and its sluggish reemergence after Pol Pot, the recovery of the monastic order's prerevolutionary institutional varieties, and the emergence of up to date Buddhist groupings.
Cambodian Buddhism: heritage and Practice synthesizes a big diversity of scholarship (most of it in French), complemented by means of the author's personal fieldwork in smooth Cambodia. the result's a wide-ranging, well-documented, and entire account of a missed Southeast Asian culture.
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