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Theravada TraditionsBuddhist Ritual Cultures in Contemporary Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka$
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John Clifford Holt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824867805

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824867805.001.0001

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Upasampada and Pabbajja

Upasampada and Pabbajja

Ordination in Thai Buddhist Contexts

(p.131) Chapter Three Upasampada and Pabbajja
Theravada Traditions

John Clifford Holt

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter includes a study of a textual account of the origins of the Buddhist monastic sangha (and thus the beginnings of the the ritual of ordination) in the canonical Vinayapitaka (“Book of Discipline”). It then recounts the dramatic economic and social changes witnessed in Thailand in the late 20th c. before recounting how the seemingly ubiquitous practice of temporary ordination into the sangha by Thai males can be contrasted by a study of its observance in a rural village in northwest Thailand with its observance at a powerful and well-endowed temple in the suburbs of Bangkok.

Keywords:   upasampada, pabbajja, Thailand, Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Mae Hong Son, merit-making, rite of passage

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