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Little Buddhas Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions

by Vanessa Rebecca Sasson

Part of the AAR Religion, Culture, and History Series

Little Buddhas Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions Synopsis

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 of what 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 the representation 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.

Little Buddhas Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions Press Reviews

Vanessa Sasson's Little Buddhas is a brilliant and engaging work in an emerging area of study: Buddhism and childhood studies. Written by leading scholars, the nineteen articles here explore ideas about childhood, textual representations of children, together with the actual lives of children throughout the history and diversity of Buddhist traditions. This volume challenges common assumptions about Buddhism in provocative ways, and should be a classic for years to come. * Carol S. Anderson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion, Kalamazoo College *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199945610
Publication date: 27th December 2012
Author: Vanessa Rebecca Sasson
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 552 pages
Categories: Buddhist sacred texts, Buddhist life & practice,

About Vanessa Rebecca Sasson

Professor of Comparative Religion ,Marianopolis College; Research Fellow, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa; Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion, McGill University

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