Little Buddhas: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions

Paperback | November 1, 2012

EditorVanessa R. Sasson

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Consideration of children in the academic field of Religious Studies is taking root, but Buddhist Studies has yet to take notice. This collection is intended to open the question of children in Buddhism. It brings together a wide range of scholarship and expertise to address the question ofwhat role children have played in the literature, in particular historical contexts, and what role they continue to play in specific Buddhist contexts today. Because the material is, in most cases, uncharted, all nineteen contributors involved in the project have exchanged chapters among themselves and thereby engaged in a kind of internal cohesion difficult to achieve in an edited project. The volume is divided into two parts. Part One addresses therepresentation of children in Buddhist texts and Part Two looks at children and childhoods in Buddhist cultures around the world. Little Buddhas will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars of Buddhism and Childhood Studies, and a catalyst for further research on the topic.

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Consideration of children in the academic field of Religious Studies is taking root, but Buddhist Studies has yet to take notice. This collection is intended to open the question of children in Buddhism. It brings together a wide range of scholarship and expertise to address the question ofwhat role children have played in the literatu...

Vanessa R. Sasson is Professor of Comparative Religion at Marianopolis College and Research Fellow, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies at University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199945616

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ContributorsVanessa R. Sasson: Introduction: Charting New Territory: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and TraditionsPart One: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts1. Gregory Schopen: A New Hat for Hariti: On ''Giving'' Children for their Protection to Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Early India2. Amy Paris Langenberg: Scarecrows, Upasakas, Fetuses, and Other Child Monastics in Middle Period Indian Buddhism3. Vanessa R. Sasson: The Buddha's ''Childhood'': The Foundation for the Great Departure4. Kate Crosby: The Inheritance of Rahula: Abandoned Child, Boy Monk, Ideal Son, and Trainee5. Miriam Levering: The Precocious Child in Chinese Buddhism6. Winston Kyan: Picturing Childhood in Chinese Buddhism: The Sujati Jataka in Text and Image7. Frances Garrett: ''What Children Need'': Making Childhood with Technologies of Protection and Healing8. Karen Derris: Picturing Buddhism: Nurturing Buddhist Worldviews through Children's BooksPart Two: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Traditions9. Jeffrey Samuels: Ordination (Pabbajja) as Going Forth?: Social Bonds and the Making of a Buddhist Monastic10. Thomas Borchert: Monk and Boy: Becoming a Novice in Contemporary Sipsongpanna -11. Monica Lindberg Falk: Buddhism as a Vehicle for Girls' Safety and Education in Thailand12. Justin McDaniel: Superheroes and Slapstick: New Media and the Teaching of Buddhist Children in Thailand13. Wei-Yi Cheng: Once We Were...: Former Child Nuns in Taiwan Reflecting Back14. Melissa Anne-Marie Curley: Zen-Boy Ikkyu15. Todd Lewis and Christoph Emmrich: Marrying the ''Thought Of Enlightenment'': The Multivalency of Girls' Symbolic Marriage Rites in the Newar Buddhist Community of Kathmandu, Nepal16. Karma Lekshe Tsomo: Children in Himalayan Monasteries17. Elijah Ary: The Westernization of Tulkus18. Kristin Scheible: ''Give Me My Inheritance'': Western Buddhists Raising Buddhist Children19. Hillary Rodrigues: Young Lord Maitreya: The Curious Case of Jiddu KrishnamurtiBibliographyIndex