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Architects of Buddhist Leisure: Socially Disengaged Buddhism in Asia's Museums, Monuments, and Amusement Parks

Justin Thomas McDaniel


Buddhism, usually described as an austere religion which condemns desire, promotes denial, and idealizes the monastic and contemplative life, actually has a thriving leisure culture. Creative religious improvisations designed by Buddhists across Asia have worked to build a leisure culture both within and outside of monasteries. The author looks at the growth of Buddhist leisure culture through a study of architects who helped design tourist sites, memorial gardens, monuments, museums, and even amusement parks in Nepal, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Macau, Hong Kong, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. In ... More

Keywords: Architecture, Buddhism, Spectacle, Leisure, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea, Material Culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824865986
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824865986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Thomas McDaniel, author
University of Pennsylvania