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CSEAS Lecture Series. Crafting Theravada Buddhism: Touch and Material in the lives of Thai Buddhists

Anthony Lovenheim Irwin, University of Michigan
Friday, November 15, 2019
12:00-1:00 PM
Room 110 Weiser Hall Map
Forming, touching, and repairing Buddhist objects and architecture are central to the religious lives of Thai Buddhists, be they monks, craftspeople, or laypeople. Thai historical chronicles, local legends, and everyday discourse position the intentional physical contact with Buddhist material (through ritual and everyday labor) as generating spiritual benefit and constructing ethical values. Drawing on historical analysis and ethnographic work, this talk presents a number of cases that show how Thai Buddhists hold hand-based religious touch to be spiritually powerful and socially efficacious.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Cseas Lecture Series, Lecture, Southeast Asia
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures