By Peter Harvey
This booklet is a accomplished advent to Buddhist culture because it has constructed in 3 significant cultural parts in Asia, and to Buddhism because it is now constructing within the West. it's meant to be a textbook for college kids of spiritual and Asian reports, however it may also be of curiosity to those that desire a basic survey of Buddhism and its ideals. in contrast to many different normal books approximately Buddhism, it not just explores the realm perspectives of the faith but in addition makes an attempt to teach how Buddhism features as a suite of practices. It therefore contains chapters on devotion, ethics, monastic practices and meditation. Such practices are relating to Buddhist teachings and ancient advancements. Emphasizing because it does the range chanced on inside various Buddhist traditions, the e-book goals all through to underline universal threads of trust, perform and historic continuities which unify the Buddhist international. Dr. Harvey solutions questions which are usually requested by way of humans on first assembly the culture, and in his part on Nirvana deals a singular interpretation of this final, transcendent secret.
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Mae chii Sumon, had completed her PhD and Mae chii Prathin had ﬁnished an MA in ancient history. They welcomed the opportunity to start a samnak chii, and to found a much needed educational programme for the mae chiis. indd 15 18/6/07 14:33:51 Making Fields of Merit up a samnak chii (female ‘temple’). In 1978, it was fairly rare to ﬁnd mae chii communities outside the administrative structure of the temple. However, the two neighbouring provinces, Ratchaburi and Petchaburi, have had samnak chiis run by women renunciates for a long time (Kabilsingh 1991: 65; Tiyavanich 1997: 283).
Indd 13 18/6/07 14:33:50 Making Fields of Merit chiis and lay persons to various events and meditation retreats. I got to know a famous mae chii who had recently received the ten Buddhist precepts and I also came in contact with the mae chiis at the well-known and respected Mon temple Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen in Bangkok. Wat Paknam has a large mae chii department with more than two hundred mae chii residents. Some of these were involved in running the school at Ratburi Samnak Chii. There is a close connection between the mae chiis from Wat Paknam and the national Thai Mae Chiis’ Institute.
WOMEN’S DECLINE FROM THE BUDDHIST SANGHA Women have been involved with Buddhism from the very beginning of the religion. Horner reports that soon after the Buddha’s ﬁrst sermon in the Deer Park at Isipatana both men and women became lay disciples and the Buddha spoke of the same matters in the same terms to both (Horner 1990: 98). The Buddha created the female order, bhikkhuni sangha, in the sixth century BCE, ﬁve years after the establishment of the male order, the bhikkhu sangha. According to Buddhist legend, Mahapajapati and her sister Mahamaya were both married to the Buddha’s father, King Suddhodana.
An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices by Peter Harvey