A Pure Mind in a Clean Body: Bodily Care in the Buddhist Monasteries of Ancient India and China by Ann HeirmanA Pure Mind in a Clean Body: Bodily Care in the Buddhist Monasteries of Ancient India and China by Ann Heirman

A Pure Mind in a Clean Body: Bodily Care in the Buddhist Monasteries of Ancient India and China

byAnn Heirman, Mathieu Torck

Paperback | January 8, 2013

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Buddhist monasteries, in both Ancient India and China, rightfully attract the attention of many scholars, discussing historical backgrounds, institutional networks or influential masters. Still, some aspects of monastic life have not yet received the attention they deserve. This book therefore aims to study some of the most essential, but often overlooked, issues of Buddhist life, namely, practices and objects of bodily care. For monastic authors, bodily care primarily involves bathing, washing, cleaning, shaving and trimming the nails, activities of everyday life that are performed by lay people and monastics alike. In this sense, they provide a potential bridge between two worlds that are constantly interacting with each other: monastic people and their lay followers.
ANN HEIRMAN is Professor of Chinese Language and Culture at Ghent University, Belgium and has published extensively on Chinese Buddhist monasticism and the development of disciplinary rules. MATHIEU TORCK is Teaching and Research Assistant of Chinese Language and Culture at Ghent University, Belgium. His publications deal with topics f...
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Title:A Pure Mind in a Clean Body: Bodily Care in the Buddhist Monasteries of Ancient India and ChinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 9.25 × 6.2 × 0.53 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Academia PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Bodily car practices and objects
From India to China
Material culture
Monastic and lay people
Beyond daily life
Overview of sources
The monastic context
The lay world
Outline of chapters
Bathing Facilities
Bathing practices in vinaya texts
Bathing facilities in the monastic compound
Assisting a teacher in the bathhouse
Sutra On Bathing Monks in the Bathhouse
Bathing facilities in Chinese vinaya commentaries an disciplinary guidelines
Practical rules on how to make and use bathing facilities
Bathing facilities for Chinese vinaya masters
Bathing practices in Yijing’s travel account
A new genre develops: qing gui, ‘rules of purity’
Concluding remarks: monks, laymen, and soap
Laymen and monks
Bathhouses and soap
Toilet Facilities
Toilet practices in vinaya texts
Pratimoksa rules on toilet practices
Practical rules relating to how to make and use toilet facilities
Toilet practices in vinaya texts: concluding remarks
Toilet habits in Chinese vinaya commentaries and disciplinary guidelines
Practical rules on how to make and use toilet facilities
Toilet care for Chinese vinaya masters
Toilet habits in Yijing’s travel account
A new genre develops: qing gui, ‘rules of purity’
Concluding remarks: pigsties, paper and wiping sticks
Toilets and toilet habits in first-millennium China
Cleaning the Mouth and Teeth
Dental care in the vinaya texts
Why clean one’s teeth?
The benefits of using tooth wood
How to make tooth wood
How to use tooth wood
What if tooth wood does not solve the problem?
Are there any alternatives?
Concluding remarks
Dental care in Chinese disciplinary texts
Great (Sutra) of Three Thousand Dignified Observances of a Monk
Dental care as described by Chinese vinaya masters
Concluding remarks: paste, brushes, and tooth wood
Oral hygiene practices in early imperial China, the yangshen tradition
Tools used in oral hygiene
Shaving the Hair and Trimming the Nails
Hair and nails in Buddhist disciplinary texts
Concluding remarks
Shaving and trimming in early Chinese disciplinary texts
Shaving the hair as an identity marker
Chinese vinaya masters: taking care of hair and nails
Concluding remarks: identity, beauty, and cleanliness
Hair care in lay society
Attitude to nails
Notes
Conclusion
Bibliography