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Theravada Buddhism

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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

About the Author

Kate Crosby is a Seiyu Kiriyama Reader in BuddhistStudies in the Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS,University of London, and is also a member of the Centre of SouthEast Asian Studies and the Centre of Buddhist Studies. She is theauthor or editor of a number of books, includingSantideva s Bodhicaryavatara: Buddhist Path ToAwakening (with Andrew Skilton, 1998), and The Dead of Night& the Women (2009).


Each chapter ends with a wealth of reference and furthersuggestions for reading and watching. Summing Up:Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates, graduate students,and researchers/faculty. (Choice, 1 October2014)

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