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So What Is the Anthropology of Buddhism About?

David N. Gellner

study of communalism and ethno-nationalism, Turek on emotion and charisma, and White with spirit possession. This collection of case studies provides a good overview of the range of work on Buddhism, both Mahāyāna and Theravāda, that is now being done

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“Like a Dream, an Illusion, a Drop of Dew, a Flash of Lightning”

Buddhist (Un)reality, Thought Experiments, and the “Ecological Dharma Eye” in Lu Yang's Material World Knight Game Film

Livia Monnet

Theravada and Mahayana concepts and practices it expounds and purports to enact. Thus, MWKGF questions traditional representations of samsara as well as the Mahayana concept of the illusoriness of the phenomenal world and of the self from the perspective

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The Way of the Bodhisattva

A Buddhist Understanding of King Lear

Marguerite A. Tassi

revered classic of Mahāyāna Buddhism, The Way of the Bodhisattva ( Bodhicharyāvatāra ), written by the eighth-century Indian monk Shāntideva. Shāntideva's poetic meditation and spiritual guide shows how ‘the object of compassion is simply suffering

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Challenging Binaries in Posthuman Worlds

An Analysis of Lu Yang's The Great Adventure of Material World

Jori Snels

school of Mahayana Buddhism have influenced Lu Yang's work: the heart sutra and diamond sutra ( Pollack et al. 2021 ). These sutras explain that samsara is the endless cycle of reincarnation that humans go through, which involves an infinite suffering

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Legacies, Trajectories, and Comparison in the Anthropology of Buddhism

Nicolas Sihlé and Patrice Ladwig

original forms of ancient Indic Buddhism, in contrast with Mahāyāna (Great Vehicle) Buddhism (found primarily in Vietnam and more northern parts of Buddhist Asia, from Japan to Buryatia), which is distinguished by expansive scriptural canons and pantheons

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Talal Asad

Talal Asad, Jonathan Boyarin, Nadia Fadil, Hussein Ali Agrama, Donovan O. Schaefer, and Ananda Abeysekara

Asian country. The study of Sri Lankan Buddhism, like the studies of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism in general, is largely dominated by white scholars and remains mired within the empiricist protocols of area studies. 2 But Scott's work, unprecedented

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Lu Yang

An Artist in Transformation

Ari Heinrich, Livia Monnet, and Gabriel Remy-Handfield

reincarnation, another significant influence on the artist's work is religious iconography and cosmology derived from Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, and Hinduism. Lu Yang first encountered Buddhism through his grandmother: Religion

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On Rewriting Buddhism

Or, How Not to Write a History

Ananda Abeysekara

even Mahayana entrenched in making outmoded yet normative assessments about Buddhism, history, and politics ( Abeysekara 2019a , 2019b ). 2 One of the concepts central to these endeavors is ‘agency’. 3 And before it gained inroads into Buddhist

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Road to the Periphery

An Account of Border-Making through Infrastructure

Sherin Ajin

and China. It is in its modest hamlet of Ogyenling that the Sixth Dalai Lama was born, making it one of the revered routes of pilgrimage in Mahayana Buddhism. Nestled in the scenic lap of the Eastern Himalayas, it is also one of the popular tourist

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The Buddhist Book Culture of the Average Person and Buryat Identity

Andrei Bazarov

Translator : Jenanne K. Ferguson

population of Buryatia. The most common text among local lay Buddhists is the “Golden Light Sutra” ( Suvarnaprabhasottamasutra ; in Buryat, Altangerel ); 103 households possessed a copy. This Mahayana sutra describes the Bodhisattva Ruchiraketu, his dream