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October 26 , 2009

Living Buddhism

Mind, Self, and Emotion in a Thai Community


In Living Buddhism, Julia Cassaniti explores Buddhist ideas of impermanence, nonattachment, and intention as they are translated into everyday practice in contemporary Thailand. Although most lay people find these philosophical concepts difficult to grasp, Cassaniti shows that people do in fact make an effort to comprehend them and integrate them as guides for their everyday lives. In doing so, she makes a convincing case that complex philosophical concepts are not the sole property of religious specialists and that ordinary lay Buddhists find in them a means for dealing with life's difficulties. More broadly, the book speaks to the ways that culturally informed ideas are part of the psychological processes that we all use to make sense of the world around us.

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本文集是一本充满奇思妙想的众筹之作。十年后的上海,我们能想象到的依旧是灯红酒绿,偶有雾霾,环境令人堪虞。那么一百年一千年后的这座城市,你能想象到它的模样吗?本文集包括《空心城》、《别让地域变成“地狱”》、《一百年后的城市——上海》、《3015一日游》等篇目,带读者畅游未来之魔都!(若使用Kobo eReader阅读,建议导入中文字体)

In an approachable first-person narrative style that combines interview and participant-observation material gathered over the course of two years in the community, Cassaniti shows how Buddhist ideas are understood, interrelated, and reinforced through secular and religious practices in everyday life. She compares the emotional experiences of Buddhist villagers with religious and cultural practices in a nearby Christian village. Living Buddhism highlights the importance of change, calmness (as captured in the Thai phrase jai yen, or a cool heart), and karma; Cassaniti's narrative untangles the Thai villagers’ feelings and problems and the solutions they seek.

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