Buddhist Storytelling in Thailand and Laos

The Vessantara Jataka Scroll at the Asian Civilisations Museum L. Lefferts, S. Cate and W. Tossa


This richly illustrated, full-colour volume offers an innovative study of the long, painted scrolls of Northeast Thailand and Laos that depict the Prince Vessantara Buddhist birth story. Read More »

Caring for the Dead Ritually in Cambodia

Essay by John Holt

Buddhist conceptions of the after-life, and prescribed rites in relation to the dead,were modified adaptations of brahmanical patterns of religious culture in ancient India. In this article, I demonstrate how Buddhist conceptions, rites and dispositions have been sustained and transformed in a contemporary annual ritual of rising importance in Cambodia, pchum ben. Read More »

The Theravada Buddhist Civilizations Project

The Theravada Civilizations Project Future Directions in the Study of Buddhism in Southeast Asia Read More »

Once the Buddha Was a Girl

Once the Buddha Was a Girl. Girl Children and Young Women as Buddhist Agents in Burma and Nepal

In 2012 this University-­‐of-­‐Toronto-­‐based project was granted a CAD 182,000 budget by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a period of four years (2012-­‐2016). Read More »

Thomas Patton

Thomas Patton is a Ph.D. candidate of Buddhist Studies in the Asian Religions Program at Cornell University. His research interests concern lived religion in Myanmar, specifically local cults of sorcerer saints (weizzā), shrines, miracles, and other manifestations of religious devotion. Tom is currently writing a dissertation on weizzā saints and their devotees based on years of ethnographic and textual research in Myanmar. Read More »

Brooke Schedneck

My project examines the emerging popularity and phenomenon of international meditation centers in Thailand, focusing on encounters between international meditation center teachers and their international students. Through participant observation and in-depth interviews at these sites throughout Thailand, my project explores the social processes of religious change and adaptation, and the construction of religious meaning. Read More »

David Geary

David Geary is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oxford on a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. At the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology his research focuses on religion, diaspora and transnationalism, international development, and the politics of World Heritage in South Asia. Read More »

Betty Nguyen

Betty Nguyen’s dissertation, “Buddhist Calamity Cosmologies: Being Virtuous in an Immoral World,” focuses on late 19th to early 20th century cosmological sermons on morality from northern Thailand. The writings envision Buddhists as living in a cosmic historical era marked by wars, famine, pestilence, and oppressive rule. Read More »

Sujatha Arundathi Meegama

Sujatha Arundathi Meegama completed her dissertation at the University of California Berkeley in May 2011.  Her current book project, tentatively titled as Constructing the Canon: Patrons and Artisans of Buddhist and Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka, questions the ethno-religious construction of the Sri Lankan art historical canon and argues for an alternative narrative, one in which religious, cultural, and visual boundaries are negotiated by diverse patrons and artisan workshops.   Read More »

Julia Cassaniti

Julia Cassaniti, Ph.D

Stanford University Postdoctoral Scholar Department of Anthropology

Current projects: I’m right now i­­­­nvolved in a few different projects that center on the ways that everyday psychological functioning is influenced by and made up through Buddhist thought in a small community in Northern Thailand. Read More »