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Buddhism: A Lived Tradition, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Martin Seeger
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Rahula, Walpola, What the Buddha taught, London : Wisdom, 1990

Recommended reading

Carrithers, Michael, The Buddha, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1983

Collins, Steven, Nirvana : concept, imagery, narrative, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Cook, Joanna, 2010, Meditation in modern Buddhism : renunciation and change in Thai monastic life, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Crosby, K, 2013,Theravada Buddhism : continuity, diversity and identity. Blackwell-Wiley, Chichester

Gethin, Rupert, The foundations of Buddhism, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998

Gombrich, Richard, Theravada Buddhism : a social history from ancient Benares to modern Colombo, London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1988

Gombrich, Richard, What the Buddha thought, London: Equinox, 2009.

McDaniel, Justin, The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk : Practicing Buddhism in Modern Thailand, New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

Meinert, Carmen and Hans-Bernd Zoellner (eds.), 2010, Buddhist approaches to human rights : dissonances and resonances, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Mohr, Thea and Jampa Tsedroen (eds.), 2010, Dignity & discipline : reviving full ordination for Buddhist nuns, Boston: Wisdom Publications.

Prapod Assavavirulhakarn, 2010, The ascendancy of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books.

Salgado, Nirmala S. 2013,Buddhist nuns and gendered practice : in search of the female renunciant, New York : Oxford University Press.

Swearer, Donald, The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia, Albany: Suny Press, 1995

Williams, Paul, Buddhist thought : a complete introduction to the Indian tradition, London : Routledge, 2000

Internet resources

Grant Olson: Thai Buddhism:  

Access to Insight:

Buddha dharma education association inc.:

Journal of Buddhist Ethics:   

Suan Mokh: The Garden of Liberation

Buddhist Scriptures Information Retrieval:

 ‘The Bud­dhist Dis­ci­pline in Rela­tion to Bhikkhu­nis: Ques­tions & Answers: Phra Payutto & Dr. Mar­tin Seeger’#

Phra Payutto's Buddhadhamma in English

Translations of Buddhist Texts

The book of the discipline (Vinaya-pitaka). Vol.1, Suttavibhanga, Translated with Introduction by I.B. Horner, London : Published for the Pali Text Society by Luzac & Co., 1970

The book of the discipline (Vinaya-pitaka). Vol.2, Suttavibhanga, Translated with Introduction by I.B. Horner, London : Published for the Pali Text Society by Luzac & Co., 1969

The book of the discipline (Vinaya-pitaka). Vol.3, Suttavibhanga, Translated with Introduction by I.B. Horner, London : Published for the Pali Text Society by Luzac & Co., 1969

The book of the discipline (Vinaya-pitaka). Vol.4, Mahavagga, Translated with Introduction by I.B. Horner, :London : Luzac & Co., 1951

The book of the discipline (Vinaya-pitaka). Vol.5, Cullavagga Translated with Introduction by I.B. Horner, London : Luzac & Co., 1963

Atthasalini by Buddhaghosa. Edited and translated by P.V. Bapat and R.d. Badekar. Poona: Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, 1942.

Kathavatthu. C.A. F. Rhys Davids (trans.), Points of controversy or, Subjects of discourse : being a translation of the Katha-Vatthu from the Abhidhamma-Pitaka, London : Published for the Pali Text Society by Oxford University Press, 1915

Dhammapada-atthakatha (Buddhaghosa). Eugene Watson Burlingame (trans.), Buddhist legends, translated from the original Pali text of the Dhammapada commentary, by Eugene Watson Burlingame , London, Published for the Pali Text Society by Luzac, 1969

Walshe, Maurice The long discourses of the Buddha : a translation of the Digha Nikaya, Boston : Wisdom Publications, c1995

Geiger, Wilhelm (trans.). Mah¯avamsa : the great chronicle of Ceylon, London, Luzac, for the Pali Text Society, 1912

Majjhima Nikaya, Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi (trans.). The middle length discourses of the Buddha : a new translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, Boston : Wisdom Publications in association with the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, 2001

Samyutta Nikaya. The connected discourses of the Buddha : a translation of the Samyutta Nikaya ; translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi , Boston, Mass. : Wisdom Publications, 2000.. Transl. by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Anguttara Nikaya. E.M. Hare and F.L. Woodward (trans.) The book of the gradual sayings (Anguttara-nikaya) or more-numbered suttas , Oxford : Pali Text Society, 1932-6

Jataka. E.B. Cowell and et al (trans.) The J¯ataka; or, Stories of the Buddha's former births, London, Published for the Pali Text Society by Luzac & Comp., 1969

Milindapanha. Isaline B. Horner (trans.). Milinda's questions. Translated from the Pali, by I. B. Horner , London, Luzac, 1964



Additional texts

Anderson, Benedict, The fate of rural Hell : asceticism and desire in Budhist Thailand, London: Seagull Books, 2012.

Bond, George D., The word of the Buddha : the Tipitaka and its interpretation in Theraveda Buddhism, Colombo : Gunasena, 1982

Brereton, B. P., Thai tellings of Phra Malai : texts and rituals concerning a popular Buddhist saint, Tempe, Ariz. : Arizona State University, Program for Southeast Asian Studies, c1995

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Paticcasamuppada : practical dependent origination, Nonthaburi, Thailand : Vuddhidhamma Fund, 1992

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Heartwood of the bodhi tree : the Buddha's teaching on voidness, Chiang Mai : Silkworm Books, 1994

Collins, Steven, Nirvana and other Buddhist felicities : utopias of the Pali imaginaire, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1998

Collins, Steven, Selfless persons : imagery and thought in Theravada Buddhism, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1982

Cone, Margaret/Gombrich, Richard, The Perfect generosity of Prince Vessantara : a Buddhist epic, Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1977

Gabaude, Louis, Une herméneutique bouddhique contemporaine de Thaïlande : Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Paris: École Française d’Extrême-Orient, 1988

Gombrich, Richard, Precept and practice : traditional Buddhism in the rural highlands of Ceylon, Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1971

Gombrich, Richard F., How Buddhism began : the conditioned genesis of the early teachings, Athlone : Atlantic Highlands, N.J., 1996

Harvey, Peter, The selfless mind : personality, consciousness and nirvana in early Buddhism, Richmond : Curzon, 1995

Harvey, Peter, An introduction to Buddhist ethics : foundations, values and issues, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000

v. Hinüber, Oskar, A handbook of Pali literature, Berlin, New York : Walter de Gruyter, 1996

Holt, John Clifford, Discipline, the canonical Buddhism of the Vinayapitaka, Delhi : Motilal Banarsidass, 1995

Ishhi, Yoneo, Sangha, state, and society : Thai Buddhism in history Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 1986

Jackson, Peter, Buddhism, legitimation, and conflict : the political functions of urban Thai Buddhism, Singapore : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, c1989

Jayatilleke, K.N., Early Buddhist theory of knowledge, London : Allen & Unwin, 1963

Jerryson, Michael K., Buddhist fury : religion and violence in southern Thailand, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 

Jullien, François (2004), “Chinesisches Werkzeug: eine fernöstliche Denkposition yur Archäologie des Abendlandes” [Chinese Tool: A Far Eastern Thought Position for the Archaeology of the Occident] in: Lettre international. Frühjahr 64, 2004, p. 90-98.

Lamotte, Etienne, History of Indian Buddhism : from the origins to the Saka era, Louvain-la-Neuve : Institut Orientaliste de l'Universit Catholique de Louvain, 1988

Langer, Rita, 2007, Buddhist rituals of death and rebirth : contemporary Sri Lankan practice and its origins, London: Routledge.

Lindberg Falk, Monica, 2007, Making fields of merit : Buddhist female ascetics and gendered orders in Thailand Copenhagen: NIAS Press.

von der Mehden, Fred R., Religion and nationalism in Southeast Asia : Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines ISBN: 9780299029449; 0299029441 : Unpriced, Madison ; London : University of Wisconsin Press, 1963  

McCargo, Duncan, 2004, “Buddhism, Democracy and Identity in Thailand” in: Democratization., Vol. 11, No. 4, August 2004, pp. 155-170

McDaniel, Justin Thomas, 2008, Gathering leaves & lifting words : histories of Buddhist monastic education in Laos and Thailand: Seattle: University of Washington Press.

McDaniel, Justin Thomas, The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk : Practicing Buddhism in Modern Thailand, New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

Pattana Kitiarsa, Mediums, monks and amulets : Thai popular buddhism today: Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2012.

Payutto, Phra Prayudh, 1994, Dependent origination : the Buddhist law of conditionality, Bangkok: Buddhadhamma Foundation.

Payutto, Phra Prayudh, Good, evil, and beyond : Kamma in the Buddha's teaching, Bangkok : Buddhadhamma Foundation, 1997

Payutto, Phra Prayudh, Buddhist economics : a middle way for the market place, Bangkok : Buddhadhamma Foundation, 1998

Payutto, Phra Prayudh, Buddhadhamma : natural laws and values for life, Albany : State University of New York Press, c1995

Rajadhon, Phya Anuman, Life and ritual in old Siam : three studies of Thai life and customs, New Haven : HRAF Press, 1961

Reynolds, Craig James, The Buddhist monkhood in nineteenth century Thailand., Ithaca, NY, Cornell University, Dissertation.

Reynolds, Frank E. and Reynolds, Mani B., Three worlds according to King Ruang : a Thai Buddhist cosmology, Berkeley, Calif : Distributed by Asian Humanities Press/Motila Banarsidass, c1982

Scott, Rachelle M., Nirvana for sale? : Buddhism, wealth, and the Dhammakāya Temple in contemporary Thailand. Albany: SUNY Press, 2009.

Skilling, Peter, Jason A. Carbine, Claudio Cicuzza, Santi Pakdeekham (eds), How Theravāda is Theravāda? : exploring Buddhist identities, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2012.

Somboon Sukasamran, Political Buddhism in Southeast Asia : the role of the Sangha in the modernization of Thailand, London : C. Hurst, 1977

Strong, John S., The Buddha : a short biography, Oxford : Oneworld, 2001

Swearer, Donald, ed., 1989, Me and mine : selected essays of Bhikkhu Buddhadāsa Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Swearer, Donald, “Centre and Periphery: Buddhism and Politics in Modern Thailand” in Buddhism and politics in twentieth-century Asia, London : Continuum, 2001., Ian Harris (ed.), pp. 194-228

Swearer, Donald, 2004, Becoming the Buddha : the ritual of image consecration in Thailand Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Tambiah, Stanley, World Conquerer and World Renouncer: a study of Buddhism and Polity in Thailand against a historical background, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976

Tambiah, Stanley, Buddhism and the spirit cults in north-east Thailand, Cambridge : University Press, 1970

Taylor, J.L., Forest monks and the nation-state : an anthropological and historical study in northeastern Thailand , Singapore : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, c1993

Terwiel, B.J., Monks and magic : an analysis of religious ceremonies in central Thailand, Bangkok : White Lotus, 1994

Tiyavanit, Kamala, Forest recollections : wandering monks in twentieth-century Thailand, Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, c1997

Spiro, Melford, Buddhism and Society: a great tradition and its Burmese vicissitudes, Berkeley : University of California Press, c1982

Vetter, Tilman, The ideas and meditative practices of early Buddhism, Leiden : Brill, 1988

Weber, Max, The religion of India : the sociology of Hinduism and Buddhism, New Delhi : Munishram Manoharlal, 1992

Wells, Kenneth E., Thai Buddhism : its rites and activities, Bangkok : Suriyabun, 1975

Wijayaratna, Mohan, Buddhist monastic life, according to the texts of the Theravada tradition, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1990

Wilson, Liz, 1996, Charming cadavers : horrific figurations of the feminine in Indian Buddhist hagiographic literature, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

This list was last updated on 28/09/2020