Women under the Bo Tree by Tessa J. Bartholomeusz
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Women under the Bo Tree
By Tessa J. Bartholomeusz

Women under the Bo Tree

Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka

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Women under the Bo Tree by Tessa J. Bartholomeusz

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Women under the Bo Tree examines the tradition of female world-renunciation in Buddhist Sri Lanka. The study is textual, historical and anthropological, and links ancient tradition with contemporary practice. Tessa Bartholomeusz utilizes data based on her field experiences in many contemporary cloisters of Sri Lanka, and on original archival research. She explores the history of the re-emergence of Buddhist female renouncers in the late nineteenth century after a hiatus of several hundred years; the reasons why women renounce; the variety of expressions of female world-renunciation; and, above all, attitudes about women and monasticism that have either prohibited women from renouncing or have encouraged them to do so. One of the most striking discoveries of the study is that the fortunes of Buddhist female renouncers is tied to the fortunes of Buddhism in Sri Lanka more generally, and to perceived notions of Sri Lanka as the caretaker of Buddhism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521461290
ISBN-10: 0521461294
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 308
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Women Under the Bo Tree by Tessa J. Bartholomeusz Women Under the Bo Tree, Paperback (August 2008)

A lively examination of female world-renunciation on Buddhist Sri Lanka.

In Defense of Dharma by Tessa J. Bartholomeusz In Defense of Dharma, Hardback (August 2002)

This is the first book to examine war and violence in Sri Lanka through the lens of cross-cultural studies on just-war tradition and theory. An important contribution to the understanding of the power of religion to create both peace and war.

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