Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

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A list of recommended books to learn about the Buddhist country of Sri Lanka - Buddhism, history, literature, and other unknown attractions!

I studied Buddhism in Sri Lanka and was left shocked. I keep coming across things that I never thought possible. I would say that it has overturned my view of Buddhism from the very foundation.

Sri Lanka is interesting! I have become completely absorbed in the very country's Buddhism, its history and culture. In this article, I will recommend some books about Sri Lanka.

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Kayoko Kusumoto, "The Wonder of Sri Lanka's Giant Buddhas" - What is the fascination of Sri Lankan Buddhist statues from a sculptor's point of view? A recommended guide to learn from a new perspective!

The author of this book is a sculptor, not a Buddhist expert.

It was extremely stimulating for me to see what the sculptors would think if they saw Buddhist art in Sri Lanka.

This book introduces a number of great works of art in Sri Lanka, from the famous Buddha images to the maniacal ones. It is also an excellent guidebook for visiting Sri Lanka, as it is richly illustrated with photographs and maps.

This was an interesting book. It is an exciting book to look at Sri Lankan Buddhist images from a new perspective.

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Teruji Ito, "Introduction to Sri Lankan Buddhist Art" - Many photos! A useful guidebook for touring Buddhist monuments in Sri Lanka!

This book will look at major Buddhist sites such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy, as well as other distinctive Buddhist sites.

This book, in any case, contains a large number of photographs, which make it easy to visualize the local situation. In addition, the explanations are written in an easy-to-understand manner for beginners, making this a very welcome introductory work.

I highly recommend this work to anyone who is going to Sri Lanka or is interested in Sri Lankan Buddhism. This book can be a guidebook for sightseeing. Why not pick up a copy?

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Akiko Ishino, "Fun with the Senses! To Sri Lanka, the Island of Splendor" - A guidebook recommended for learning about Sri Lanka as a tourist destination full of attractions!

This book, "Enjoy Sri Lanka with All Your Senses! Sri Lanka, the Island of Splendor" is a recommended guidebook to learn about Sri Lanka as a tourist destination. This book will definitely make you want to visit Sri Lanka. You will enjoy seeing the sights and gourmet food of Sri Lanka, which is full of charm.

The photographs in this book are amazing! Not only are the photos good, but you can also feel the love for Sri Lanka. The layout is beautiful and easy to read.

This is a guidebook that I would highly, highly recommend.

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E. Saratchandra, "Tomorrow Is Not So Dark" Synopsis and Comments - A novel about Sri Lanka in 1971, the year of the armed uprising by Marxist students.

I cannot help but feel a sense of connection with this novel and its timing. I strongly feel that I had to read this novel before going to Sri Lanka.

This work is also a very important insight into the student conflict in Japan.

As a novel, it is very easy to read and I read through it in one sitting. He is indeed a leading Sri Lankan writer.

It was a great piece that gave me another new perspective on Sri Lanka.

I would highly recommend this work.

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E. Saratchandra's "The Deceased" Synopsis and Impressions - Comparable to that Oshin! A novel diptych set in Japan that became immensely popular in Sri Lanka!

I was surprised that there was a Sri Lankan novel that had more influence than that "Oshin" novel.

The author, Saratchandra, actually visited Japan in 1955, and it is evident that the intense experience he had there has strongly influenced this book.

In particular, in the first part, "The Deceased," the narrative is primarily directed at Dewendra, a Sri Lankan painter. The story vividly depicts what Japan was like at that time as seen from his gentile perspective. As the above commentary has already given a glimpse of, Sri Lankans at that time imagined the country of Japan from reading this novel.

I picked up this book thinking that this work must be valuable in understanding how Sri Lankans viewed Japan at that time.

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Toshio Shibuya, "Festivals and Social Change: Ritual Drama and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka" - Recommended for learning about the background of traditional culture and conflict in Sri Lanka.

In this book we will look at people's lives in a rural village. The discussion of ritual drama, which is also the title of this book, is particularly valuable. You will be amazed at the deep significance of these seemingly unscientific traditional rituals and the complex social conditions they reveal in Sri Lanka.

For more information on these traditional rituals, I also recommend Noriyuki Ueda's "Sri Lanka's Exorcisms," which I have previously introduced in this blog. Reading the two books as a set will surely deepen your understanding.

Why not pick one up?

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Fumiko Takakuwa, "Ethnic History of Sea Villages in Sri Lanka" - Reference book looking at the lives of people living on the sea from the perspective of political economy, civil war, and tsunami damage.

The book does not simply look at the lives of the people in the sea villages, but also relates the story to larger perspectives such as political economy, civil war, religion, and tsunami damage.

This was a particularly useful reference for me as I am studying Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the issue of religion in Kaimura was of great interest to me.

This book is also very stimulating to think about faith on a living level, which you cannot see just by reading doctrines or history books.

It is also a great opportunity to think about the tsunami damage, recovery from it, and the problems it caused. Sri Lanka is famous as a beach resort, but if you read this book, you will learn about a sea village that you had never imagined. I also live in Hakodate, a port town, so living with the sea is not something I am a stranger to. I believe that many people in Japan can relate to this feeling.

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Naoshi Nakamura, "Introduction to Sri Lankan Water Conservation Research" - Sri Lanka as seen through irrigated agriculture. Recommended to learn about the history of advanced flood control that flourished in ancient times.

This book, "Introduction to the Study of Water Use in Sri Lanka - A Historical Study of Irrigated Agriculture," is, as the title suggests, a work that allows the reader to learn about the history of irrigated agriculture in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has had advanced flood control technology for about 2,000 years, and its irrigated agriculture has been of vital importance to the nation's management.

Where there is technology, there is kingship. Where there is a kingdom, there is a religion." Advanced technology and the state that administers it are inseparable, and religion, which guarantees the legitimacy of that authority, is also involved.

So far I have been looking at Sri Lanka from a religious and political perspective, but in this book I will be looking at Sri Lanka from the angle of irrigated agriculture. I found this book very stimulating to see Sri Lanka from a different perspective.

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Satoko Yabuuchi, "Kingship and Buddhism in Ancient Medieval Sri Lanka" - Religion is not only a religion. Learn about the transition of Sri Lankan Buddhism that walked with the history of the country.

The king protects Buddhism, and Buddhism guarantees the legitimacy of the king.

These interrelationships were particularly strong in Sri Lanka, which will be seen step by step in this book.

This book makes me think that religion is not only about religion. Religion, too, cannot remain unaffected by the political situation of the time. There are things that cannot be seen by simply following ideology and doctrine. This book is very valuable to learn such things carefully.

This book has been difficult to obtain, but I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about Sri Lankan Buddhism.