Thailand: Buddhism, Society, and Women

Front Cover
Abhinav Publications, 1998 - Buddhism - 606 pages
The Book Develops Two Major Themes. The First Theme Attempts To Understand The Sources Of Value Orientation Of The Thai People, And Their Individual And Group Behaviour. To This End The Study Examines Three Major Value Systems And Their Institutions, As Well As Their Mutual Relationship And Interaction. As The First Value System, The Study Examines The Theravada Buddhism As Founded By The Buddha, Then Focuses On Its Application In Thailand, On Buddhist Ethics And Morality, On The Conflicts Between Some Aspects Of Buddhism And The Rapidly Changing Society And, Finally, On Various Movements Attempting To Reform Buddhism In That Country. As The Second Major Value System, The Study Examines The Role Which Animism And The Spirit Worship Play In The Daily Life Of The Thai People, Their Symbolism, And Their Fusion With Buddhism And Its Values And Institutions At The Grassroot Level Of The Society. As The Third Value System, The Study Discusses Various Theories Which Attempt To Explain The Psycho-Cultural Values And Attitudes Of The Thai People, How These Interact With Buddhism And Animism, And How They Add Another Dimension To The Already Complex Pattern Of Social Behaviour. These Three Value Systems Interact And Define The Parameters Within Which All Aspects Of The National Life Political, Cultural, Economic And Others Are Actualized. The Second Major Theme Of The Book Concentrates On The Position Of Women In Thailand. It Begins With The Explanation Of The Attitudes Which The Buddha Himself Held Towards The Women, Examines The Status Of Women In Early Buddhist Societies And Of Those Women Who Chose To Renounce The World And Join The Buddhist Order To Seek Personal Salvation, As Well As The Role Of The Lay Women In A Buddhist Society At That Time. The Book Then Focuses On The Position Of Women In The Thai Society Through Various Stages Of Its History, And Culminates In The Discussion Of The Legal Position Of Women Today And The Attempts To Improve Their Status. However, In Treating The Latter Subject The Study Is Descriptive Rather Than Prescriptive, Leaving It To The Thai Women Themselves To Decide Which Remedies To Pursue To Improve Their Position.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
9
THE SETTING
17
1932
31
THE THAI SOCIETY
44
Power and Perception of an Individual
57
Social Values
77
BUDDHISM AND EVOLUTION OF
80
The Doctrine of Karma
92
The Bhikkhuni Sangha
318
The First Bhikkhunis
325
Therigatha
331
Daily Life of a Bhikkhuni
351
Novices Outstanding Theris and Meditation
364
Relations between the Bhikkhunis and
373
Ananda and Women
382
The Lay Buddhist Women
388

Major Schools of Buddhism
102
Mahayana Buddhism
137
Four Schools of Mahayana Philosophy
146
Buddhist Synods
152
BUDDHISM IN THAILAND
174
Buddhist Hierarchy
182
Rules of Conduct for Monks Novices
192
Duties of the Laity
204
ANIMISM AND SPIRIT
216
Modern or Indigenous Cures?
226
CrossCultural Perspective
242
ETHICS MORALITY WEALTH
249
The Foundations of Buddhist Ethics
256
The King and the Buddhist Ethics
263
Social Relationships and Responsibilities
269
Buddhism and Wealth
275
WOMEN IN EARLY BUDDHISM
298
The Decline and Demise of Buddhism
310
Daughters and Marriage
395
Qualities of Wives
402
Origin of Sari
410
Working Women
416
WOMEN AND BUDDHISM
432
National Integration and the Role of Women
442
Legal Position of Women Today
460
THE THAI PSYCHOCULTURAL
485
Suntaree Komins Theory of the Thai National
520
The Smooth Interpersonal Relationship
528
The Flexibility and Adjustment Orientation
535
The Education and Competence Orientation
545
The Fun and Pleasure Orientation
551
The Importance of Arjarn Suntaree Komins
564
CONCLUSION
571
BIBLIOGRAPHY
579
INDEX
593
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information