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The Buddha SideGender, Power, and Buddhist Practice in Vietnam$
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Alexander Soucy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835989

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835989.001.0001

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Sutra Recital and Buddhist Identities

Sutra Recital and Buddhist Identities

(p.118) 6 Sutra Recital and Buddhist Identities
The Buddha Side

Alexander Soucy

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses how the religious practice of women frequently intensifies as they age, and they supplement the usual supplication with additional activities at a time that coincides with the decrease in family responsibilities as their children become adults. The people who chant sutras are typified by a self-conscious commitment and faith in the efficacy of their practice that is not present in those who engage in only the practices that surround loc. Those who chant sutras are devoted Buddhists and describe themselves specifically as “Buddhist” (phat tu). The participation of Buddhist devotees who engage in chanting sutras takes up a much larger part of their time and energy and is more central to their identity than it is for those who only make offerings.

Keywords:   women, religious practice, sutra recital, loc, Buddhist devotees, Buddhist identity

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