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Attracting the Heart: Social Relations and the Aesthetics of Emotion in Sri Lankan Monastic Culture

Jeffrey Samuels


An idealized view of the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk might be described according to the doctrinal demand for emotional detachment and, ultimately, the cessation of all desire. Yet monks are also enjoined to practice compassion, and live with every other human feeling while relating to other monks and the lay community. This book looks at how emotion determines and influences the commitments that laypeople and monastics make to each other and to the Buddhist religion in general. By focusing on “multimoment” histories, it highlights specific junctures in which ideas about recruitment, vocation ... More

Keywords: Buddhist monks, compassion, emotion, laypeople, monastics, Buddhism, Sri Lanka

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833855
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833855.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Samuels, author
Western Kentucky University