The Buddhist World

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John Powers
Routledge, Oct 5, 2015 - Religion - 678 pages

The Buddhist World joins a series of books on the world’s great religions and cultures, offering a lively and up-to-date survey of Buddhist studies for students and scholars alike. It explores regional varieties of Buddhism and core topics including buddha-nature, ritual, and pilgrimage. In addition to historical and geo-political views of Buddhism, the volume features thematic chapters on philosophical concepts such as ethics, as well as social constructs and categories such as community and family. The book also addresses lived Buddhism in its many forms, examining the ways in which modernity is reshaping traditional structures, ancient doctrines, and cosmological beliefs.

 

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A Short Biography of Venerable Jnananshree Mahathera.
by Ven.Devaratna Thera,Chittagong Buddhist Monastery.
Introduction:
Jnanashree Mahathera is one of the Constant Star to Buddha Sashana and Buddhism in Bangladesh.His monastic personality is the endless source of religious inspiration and guidance of the Buddhism. He has been dedicated his life for the propagation of sublime message of the Buddha for the happiness of mankind in all over the Bangladesh as well as in the Southeast Asia. He honored by all Buddhist of Bangladesh in every corner due to hi genius of legendary contributions to revival of Theravada Buddhism in Bengal dialect. He is an ideal poem of Buddhist for the promising next Buddhist generation of Bangladesh and fundamental proclamations of Gautama Buddha’s teachings. To pay the utmost regards to this proclamation he has been founded several religious institutions, organizations, orphanages, Pali toll, schools and religious morning schools to promote the general and religious education for unprivileged area of Bengal Buddhists .
Holy Birth:
This religious saint was born in a remote village called ‘West Gujara Dhumkhali’ of Raozan Upazila on Chittagong, Bangladesh at 18th November 1925 AD, Wednesday. His family name is Lokonath Barua. His Father Name is Late Prem lal Barua and Mother Name Late Menka Barua. His father was a service holder of Bengal British Police department and mother was a pious housewife. During his service his father was so honest, brave and pious. Because of honesty his father was well known to all his department colleagues and awarded by the Govt. Boy Lokonath was so happy because he was only Child of his Parents. In his early life boy Lokonath came to learn from pious parents the messages of non-violence, compassion and peace taught by Buddha.
Childhood :
One day his mother was died. When his mother was died his father again married to Snehalata Barua for take care of Child Lokonath.. Because of mothers die boy Loknath was so upset but he grew up with brave, energetic and piously by his step mother Snehalata Barua and Father’s affectionate love .His life was spend with various problem on side of Halda rivers plain. In 1932 he started his student life in native Primary School and finished there till class 5. But during this time when Second World War (1939-1945) broke out around with dangerous situation then boy Lokonath’s study was stopped for a while. On other hand Loknonath was bewildered about Father’s Illness and families deficiency situations. Suddenly his family fallout when grandmother also died. At this situation his Uncle Nagendra lal Barua(Sarananda Mathera) were stand with them . His uncle had Business in Akiyab of Myanmar but not interested on family life but in Monastic life. So when he got back from Myanmar he admitted to Monastic life at West Binajuri Shmashan Vihara and got a name with Rev. Saranananda Samanera. Rev.Sarananda when promoted to Samanera to Bhikkhu then he brought up the boy Lokonath with him from Dumkhali to Binajuri . According to see his eagerness to study and talent he took with him for a while at Binajuri Shmashan Bihar and then dedicated him to Upasangharaj Ven. Gunalangkar Mahathera as disciple.
Ordination/Higher Ordination and Education:Boy Lokanath was much closed to touch various religious activities and circumstance at temple when he studying since primary education. Besides he studies Buddhists scriptures and learning Buddha studies with eagerly from his preceptor Upasangharaj Gunalangkar Mahathera. In 1944 AD pious boy Lokonath admitted to as Novice of monkhood called Samanera as disciple of Upasangharaj Ven.Gunalangkar Mahathera at Jobra Sugata Bihar of Hathazari, Chittagong. Ven Gunalangkar named his new disciple “Jnanashree” literally meaning is prosperity of knowledge. After be novice Jnanashree Samanera more affectionate to Religious studies than academic studies and raised his religious knowledge much more. He stays at Mirzapore Shantidham Vihar as an Abbot and started by pure Theravada monk novice
 

Contents

Introduction
1
THE HISTORICAL AND GEOPOLITICAL BUDDHIST WORLD
9
THE RELIGIOPHILOSOPHICAL BUDDHIST WORLD
157
THE BUDDHIST SOCIAL WORLD
305
BIOGRAPHIES
485
Index
650
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John Powers is Professor of Asian Studies in the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. He is the author of fourteen books and more than seventy articles and book chapters. His publications include A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism (2015) and Historical Dictionary of Tibet (with David Templeman, 2012).

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