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Swearer, Donald K. 1934-

Overview
Works: 56 works in 179 publications in 2 languages and 10,777 library holdings
Genres: History  Catalogs  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Folklore  Nonfiction television programs  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: BQ410, 294.3370959
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Most widely held works by Donald K Swearer
The Buddhist world of Southeast Asia by Donald K Swearer( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An unparalleled portrait, Donald K. Swearer's The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia has been a key source for all those interested in the Theravada homelands since the work's publication in 1995. Expanded and updated, the second edition offers this wide-ranging account for readers at the beginning of the twenty-first century." "Swearer shows Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia to be a dynamic, complex system of thought and practice embedded in the cultures, societies, and histories of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. The work focuses on three distinct yet interrelated aspects of this milieu. The first is the popular tradition of life models personified in myths and legends, rites of passage, festival celebrations, and ritual occasions. The second deals with Buddhism and the state, illustrating how King Asoka serves as the paradigmatic Buddhist monarch, discussing the relationship of cosmology and kingship, and detailing the rise of charismatic Buddhist political leaders in the postcolonial period. The third is the modern transformation of Buddhism: the changing roles of monks and laity, modern reform movements, the role of women, and Buddhism in the West."--Jacket
Buddhism in transition by Donald K Swearer( Book )

7 editions published between 1970 and 1977 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogue, the key to understanding other religions by Donald K Swearer( Book )

5 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secrets of the lotus; studies in Buddhist meditation by Donald K Swearer( Book )

12 editions published between 1971 and 1997 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethics, wealth, and salvation : a study in Buddhist social ethics( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the sake of the world : the spirit of Buddhist and Christian monasticism by Patrick Henry( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buddhism and society in southeast Asia by Donald K Swearer( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Me and mine : selected essays of Bhikkhu Buddhadāsa by Phra Thēpwisutthimēthī( Book )

13 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and Italian and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Becoming the Buddha : the ritual of image consecration in Thailand by Donald K Swearer( Book )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Becoming the Buddha is the first book-length study of a key ritual of Buddhist practice in Asia: the consecration of a Buddha image or "new Buddha," a ceremony by which the Buddha becomes present or alive. Through a richly detailed, accessible exploration of this ritual in northern Thailand, an exploration that stands apart from standard text-based or anthropological approaches, Donald Swearer makes a major contribution to our understanding of the Buddha image, its role in Buddhist devotional life, and its relationship to the veneration of Buddha relics. Blending ethnography, analysis, and Buddhist texts related to this mimetic reenactment of the night of the Buddha's enlightenment, he demonstrates that the image becomes the Buddha's surrogate by being invested with the Buddha's story and charged with the extraordinary power of Buddhahood. The process by which this transformation occurs through chant, sermon, meditation, and the presence of charismatic monks is at the heart of this book."--Jacket
Buddhism by Donald K Swearer( Book )

4 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and nationalism in Iraq : a comparative perspective( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Because the situation in Iraq exhibits some of the standard symptoms of religious nationalism, it seems appropriate to compare it to other cases where the impulses of religion and nationalism have also come together in a highly lethal way. This volume provides a comparative consideration of attempts to manage and resolve nationalist conflicts in Bosnia, Sri Lanka, and Sudan, and examines how lessons from those situations might inform similar efforts in Iraq. In their introduction, Professors Little and Swearer review current scholarly thinking on the connection of religious and ethnic factors to nationalist conflicts, and they demonstrate the salience of religious and ethnic identity to these conflicts. For each country, two prominent thinkers examine the intersection of religion and ethnicity and the struggles to form a nation-state. The volume also contains a summary of the discussion on each country among 20 scholars, appendices providing background on the three countries with which Iraq is compared, and maps of the countries. The central role of ethnic and religious impulses in forming the identity of a people or "nation" directly ties these matters to nationalism and nationalist conflict
Ecology and the environment : perspectives from the humanities( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Examines ethical, religious, and aesthetic dimensions of the environment from several different disciplines related to the humanities including anthropology, literature, philosophy, religious studies, and history, with examples drawn from Confucianism, aboriginal Australia, Moby-Dick, liberal democracies, Ken Wilber, Joanna Macy, and Gary Snyder"--Provided by publisher
Southeast Asia by Donald K Swearer( Book )

7 editions published between 1973 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the geography, cultural patterns, and political and social structures of the diverse region including the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Burma
Wat Haripuñjaya : a study of the Royal Temple of the Buddha's Relic, Lamphun, Thailand by Donald K Swearer( Book )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legend of Queen Cāma : Bodhiraṃsi's Cāmadevīvaṃsa, translation and commentary by Bodhiraṅsī( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rethinking the human( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ecologies of human flourishing( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rethinking the Human, J. Michelle Molina and Donald K. Swearer, eds. Studies in World Religions Series
Sacred mountains of northern Thailand and their legends by Donald K Swearer( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The mountains of northern Thailand constitute part of northern Thai identity. Drawing on the legendary histories of three mountains in the region - Doi Ang Salung Chiang Dao, Doi Suthep, and Doi Kham - coauthor Donald Swearer explores the various ways that mountains in northern Thailand are seen as sacred space, and therefore as an environment to be respected rather than exploited." "The volume presents, in English translation, the stories associated with these sacred sites as recorded in the legendary chronicles, or tamnan, of the story of the Chiang Dao mountain and cave, the account of the enshrining of the Buddha relic on Doi Suthep, and the interwoven legends of the hermit Wasuthep, the demons Pu Sae and Ya Sae, the chief Wilangkha, and the queen Chamathewi."--BOOK JACKET
Becoming the Buddha in L.A.( Visual )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buddhist monks and disciples living in Los Angeles discuss the process of becoming Buddhist
Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree : the Buddha's teaching on voidness by Phra Thēpwisutthimēthī( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Buddhist world of Southeast Asia
Alternative Names
Sawær, Donæn Khe 1934-

Sawǣrœ̄, Dōnǣn Khē 1934-

Swearer, Donald

Languages
English (124)

Italian (2)

Covers
Becoming the Buddha : the ritual of image consecration in ThailandReligion and nationalism in Iraq : a comparative perspectiveEcology and the environment : perspectives from the humanitiesThe legend of Queen Cāma : Bodhiraṃsi's Cāmadevīvaṃsa, translation and commentaryRethinking the humanEcologies of human flourishingSacred mountains of northern Thailand and their legends