Invitation to Southeast Asian Theravada Buddhism" - Recommended to learn about Southeast Asian Buddhism, which is different from that of Japan!

Invitation to Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

『東南アジア上座部仏教への招待』概要と感想~日本と異なる東南アジアの仏教を知るのにおすすめ!

今回ご紹介するのは2021年に風響社より発行された和田理寛、小島敬裕、大坪加奈子、増原善之、下條尚志、杉本良男著『東南アジア上座部仏教への招待』です。

Let's take a quick look at the book.

似て非なる? もう一つの仏教! 豊富な現地調査や出家体験から語る、人々の信仰と実践、そして社会。待望の入門書。

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This book is a recommended reference to learn about Buddhism in Southeast Asian countries. In Southeast Asia, Buddhism, which is completely different from our Japanese Buddhism, has taken root. To know the difference is not only to know "Japanese Buddhism" but also to think about "what is Japanese".

本書冒頭ではこの本について次のように述べられています。

上座部仏教とは何か。東南アジアの僧(お坊さん)は、日本の僧とどう異なるのか。上座部仏教徒はいつお寺に行き、どのように僧と接しているのだろうか。この本はそんな素朴な疑問に答えていきたい。

仏教を研究する方法は大きく二つある。ひとつは仏典を紐解きながら、ブッダの教えやその歴史的展開に迫るものである(この本で断りなく「ブッダ」と呼ぶときは仏教を始めたゴータマ・ブッダを指す)。もうひとつは現在の仏教徒たちが実際にどんな仏教を行っているかを明らかにする研究である。この本は後者のスタイルを用いて東南アジアの人々に実践されている上座部仏教の姿を伝えたい。

風響社、和田理寛、小島敬裕、大坪加奈子、増原善之、下條尚志、杉本良男『東南アジア上座部仏教への招待』P1

Rather than taking a detailed look at the Buddhist doctrines of each Southeast Asian country, this book takes the form of a look at what the lives and faith practices of Buddhists in those countries are like.

Of course, the first chapter of this book provides an easy-to-understand explanation of what Theravada Buddhism is in the first place, so it is designed to be friendly to those without specialized knowledge. In Japan, "Mahayana Buddhism" was introduced and continues to this day, but in Southeast Asia, a completely different lineage of Buddhism is practiced. This work is extremely valuable because it explains the differences between the two in an easy-to-understand manner. Moreover, since it is taught in a narrative style that even beginners can easily read, it is highly recommended for those who want to learn not only about Buddhism but also about the culture itself.

This book was very exciting to learn about Theravada Buddhism and what it is and what it is like at the level of the lives of the people living there. It was very interesting to read it while thinking about the differences and similarities with Japanese Buddhism.

これはぜひぜひおすすめしたい一冊です。ぜひ手に取ってみてはいかがでしょうか。

以上、「『東南アジア上座部仏教への招待』~日本と異なる東南アジアの仏教を知るのにおすすめ!」でした。

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