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Attracting the HeartSocial Relations and the Aesthetics of Emotion in Sri Lankan Monastic Culture$
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Jeffrey Samuels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833855

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833855.001.0001

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Social Relations and the Aesthetics of Emotion

(p.107) Conclusion
Attracting the Heart

Jeffrey Samuels

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. It suggests that if we are to take seriously the connection that exists between emotion, volition, cognition, and aesthetics, examining emotion and its place in religion becomes central to making the behavior of religious practitioners, whether monastic or lay, intelligible by relating what people do to their shared histories, personal experiences, and future aspirations. As ideas about beauty, monastic vocation, patronage, and institution building are shaped and determined by the very relationships and affective bonds that exist among the laity and sangha as well as between monastics and their lay supporters, examining emotions and the constitutive roles they play in social life and religious praxis becomes paramount.

Keywords:   emotion, volition, cognition, aesthetics, religion, Buddhism, lay people, sangha, monastics, social life

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