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Justin McDaniel's Architects of Buddhist Leisure (University of Hawaii Press, 2017), looks closely at the growth of Buddhist leisure culture through a study of modern Buddhist architects who helped design Buddhist tourist sites, memorial gardens and monuments, museums and cultural centers, and even amusement parks in Nepal, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is designed to start a discussion about the very idea of Buddhist leisure space in modern Asia, question the role of the visionary architect, and look at the rise of Buddhist ecumenicalism.
Justin McDaniel’s research foci include Lao, Thai, Pali and Sanskrit literature, Southeast Asian Buddhism, ritual studies, manuscript studies, asceticism, the undead, and general phantasmagoria. He is the author of the prize-winning books Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008) and The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011). His recent publications appear in the Bulletin l’École Française d’Extrême-Orient (Études thématiques), Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Aséanie, Journal of Religion and Film, Material Religion, Manusya, Journal of Burma Studies, and the Journal of the Siam Society. He has co-edited five books on Pali and Thai literature, palm-leaf manuscript research, modern Buddhist biography, material culture and religion, and liturgical studies. He is the co-editor of the journals Buddhism Compass and Journal of Lao Studies.
Sponsored by the religion department. Free and open to the public.
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:00pm
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