• Theravada Civilizations Workshop, University of Wisconsin Madison

    Theravada Civilizations Workshop

    September 20-22, 2018, Graduate Hotel


    Conference Program: stay tuned

    Conference Readings:

    "What Theravada does: Thoughts on a term from the perspective of the study from post-colonial Nepal," Christoph Emmrich

    "And a River Runs Through it: The Mrauk-U Kingdom and its Bay of Bengal Context.", Sanjay Subrahmanyam

    "Caught in the Middle: The Changing Role of Buddhist Meditation for Older Shan Adults," Nancy Eberhardt

    "The Saint with Indra's Sword: Khruubaa Srivichai and Buddhist Millenarianism in Northern Thailand," Katherine Bowie

    "Belonging in Myanmar: Identity, Law, and Gender in the Anthropology of Contemporary Buddhism," Juliane Schober Read More »

  • Professor Collins’ Fourth Lecture: “Buddhist Practices of Self: Spiritual Exercises”

    To understand forms of askesis, Practices of Self, we need to look from both internal and external pespectives. That is, there are forms of dress (uniforms) as well as of ‘introspection.’ The lectures will conclude with a brief history of the rise of Insight meditation (vipassana) and Mindfulness (sati), in Buddhism and in contemporary psychotherapy. Read More »

  • Professor Collins’ Third Lecture: “Buddhist Practices of Self: Historical and Philosophical Contexts”

    How and Why did Buddhist and other forms of asceticism arise in the Second Urbanization of India (6th to 4th centuries BCE)? One needs to understand Buddhism’s dichotomy between Conventional and Ultimate Truth to be able to make comparative analyses. Read More »

  • Professor Collins’ Second Lecture: “The Sociology of Wisdom: Supererogation in Morality and Society”

    Wisdom in Buddhism is more than just a word for Enlightenment. We need a wider comparative study of wisdom Literature. Supererogation — going beyond the call of duty — can be used as a sociological as well as moral concept. Read More »

  • Professor Steven Collins’ first lecture: Civilizational History: From Acculturation to Regiment of Truth

    Premodern modes of power, each with its own elite, existed in a changing dynamic of antagonistic symbiosis. How and where in this can we place askesis, Practices of Self and Regimens of Truth? Read More »

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Buddhist rebirth in different planes of existence

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Posted: 09 Mar 2016 05:15 AM PST

Kamma is a Pali word and it covers all kinds of intentional actions, whether mental (mano kamma), verbal (vaci kamma) or physical (kaya kamma). The Buddhist doctrine “Paticcasamuppada” is demonstrative of the process of kamma. Read More »

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