Buddha in Sri Lanka : Remembered Yesterdays

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-09-07
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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"This book provides both an erudite and intimate look at how Buddhism is lived in Sri Lanka. While India is known as the birthplace of Buddhism, Sri Lanka is its other home; Buddhism extends back over twenty-five hundred years on the island and remains at the center of its spiritual traditions and culture. Throughout the book, author Swarna Wickremeratne incorporates a personal view, sharing stories of herself, her family, friends, and acquaintances as they "lived Buddhism" both during her Sri Lankan girlhood and during more recent times."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Swarna Wickremeratne is a librarian at Oakton Community College and an independent scholar

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Terminology and Related Concepts xv
Acknowledgments xvii
Map xix
1 Beginnings and Looking Beyond
2 Growing up in Sri Lankan Culture
3 Festival of New Beginnings: The New Year
4 Loving Worship and Loving Kindness
5 Givers: Many Motives, Many Fruits
6 Sri Lankan Buddhists and Their Rituals
7 Reminiscences of Bana Preaching
8 Buddhist Pilgrims' Progress
9 Karma in Popular Buddhist Culture
10 To Die Only to Be Reborn 125(16)
11 Death: Buddhist Ways and Other Ways 141(16)
12 Bodhi Puja: All for the Sake of a Tree 157(10)
13 Pirit Chanting and the Holy Thread 167(12)
14 Sons of the Buddha 179(20)
15 Varieties in a Single Saffron Robe 199(22)
16 Quid Pro Quo Worship 221(16)
17 Many Gods, Many Altars 237(22)
18 God Kataragama 259(14)
Epilogue 273(2)
Glossary of Religious Terms 275(6)
Bibliography 281(4)
Index 285

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