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Theravada BuddhismThe View of the Elders$
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Asanga Tilakaratne

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835965

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835965.001.0001

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Theravada in Wider Perspective

Theravada in Wider Perspective

(p.138) Chapter 8 Theravada in Wider Perspective
Theravada Buddhism

Asanga Tilakaratne

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter discusses Theravada Buddhism in the globalized world of today. It particularly examines Western Theravada Buddhism, socially engaged Buddhism, and the movement of Theravada nuns. Each of the three subjects discussed in this chapter represents a situation in which tradition is challenged by modernity. Consequently, Theravada emerges as a religious example of attempts to avoid change. However, according to the teaching of the Buddha himself, change is one of the three characteristics of reality. All constructed phenomena are subject to it. It is very unlikely that the leaders of Theravada are unaware of this truth. Therefore, their insistence on perpetuating tradition has to be seen as resulting from other considerations.

Keywords:   Theravada Buddhism, Western Theravada Buddhism, socially engaged Buddhism, Theravada nuns, modernity, Theravada leaders

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