Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words: Buddhist Monastic Education in Laos and Thailand (Critical Dialogues in Southeast Asian Studies)
2001 IDRF Fellow Justin McDaniel’s Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words examines modern and pre-modern Buddhist monastic education traditions in Laos and Thailand. Through five centuries of adaptation and reinterpretation of sacred texts and commentaries, McDaniel traces curricular variations in Buddhist oral and written education that reflect a wide array of community goals and values. He depicts Buddhism as a series of overlapping processes, bringing fresh attention to the continuities of Theravada monastic communities that have endured despite regional and linguistic variations. Incorporating both primary and secondary sources from Thailand and Laos, he examines pre-modern inscriptional, codicological, anthropological, art historical, ecclesiastical, royal, and French colonial records. He traces how pedagogical techniques found in pre-modern palm-leaf manuscripts are pervasive in modern education by looking at modern sermons, and even television programs and websites. Buy from Amazon
Published: University of Washington Press, 2008
Citation: McDaniel, Justin, Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words: Buddhist Monastic Education in Laos and Thailand (Critical Dialogues in Southeast Asian Studies) (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008).