Annotated Bibliography of Thai Buddhism
The Wheel of the Law: Buddhism Illustrated from Siamese Sources. London: Trübner & Co., 1871. Access here.
A classic, vital source for information on Siamese embellishments of the life of the Buddha.
and Changing Thai World View. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press,
in the Reign of Lu Tai of Sukodaya. The Cornell Journal of Social Relations.
Special Issue on Southeast Asian Studies 6:1 (Spring 1971), 61-68.
on Thai Folklore. Bangkok: Social
Science Association Press of Thailand, 1968.
A very rich, accessible book on Thai customs, beliefs and folklore.
Popular Buddhism in Siam and Other Essays on Thai Studies. Bangkok: Thai
Inter-religious Commission on Development and Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation,
of Crystal and Utopian Commune: Two types of Contemporary Reform in Thailand.
Sojourn 8:1 (February 1993), 153-183.
Jataka Stories in Theravada Buddhism: Narrating the Bodhisatta Path. Surrey: Ashgate, 2010.
Baker, Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit (translators)
The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen. Illustrated by Muangsing Janchai. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2010.
Bapat, P. V.
Years of Buddhism. Delhi: The Publications Division, 1959.
Theravada Sangha (The Asiatic Society of Bangladesh Foundation No. 32).
Dalla: Asiatic Society, 1978.
Buddhist Jurisprudence (Theravada Vinaya-Laws). Poona: Oriental Book Agency,
Bhikkhuni Vinaya Studies (5.1)
(Maha) Boowa Nanasampanno
Dhamma: Six Talks on Dhamma. Bangkok: Pow Powana Foundation, 1980.
Phra Acharn Mun Bhuridatta Thera. Bangkok: Funny
Buddhist Sangha: Same General Observations on Historical and Political Factors
in its Development. Journal of Asian Studies 24:4 (August 1970), 761-778.
Buddhist Renaissance in Siam. Visakha Puja 2512 (1969), 107-112.
Brereton, Bonnie & Somroay Yencheuy
Buddhist Murals of Northeast Thailand: Reflections of the Isan Heartland. Chiang Mai: Silkworm, 2010.
The Journey of One Buddhist Nun: Even Against the Wind.
New York: SUNY Press, 2001.
Han ten & Kemp, Jeremy H. (editors)
and Structures in Thai Society. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, 1984.
the Trickster who Fooled the Monk. A Northern Thai Tale with Vocabulary.
Lund: CINA Monograph Series 27, 1976.
and Buddhism. Sinclair Thompson Lecture Series. Bangkok: Sublime Life
Mission, 1967 (?).
Religion. Bangkok: Sublime
Life Mission, [no date].
(Mindfulness of Breathing): The Sixteen Steps to Awakening. Translated
by Bhikkhu Nagasena. Bangkok: Sublime Life Mission, 2514/1971.
Kinds of Language: Dharmic Language and Human Language. Translated by Ariyananda Bhikkhu. Bangkok: Siva Phorn, 1974.
Were We Born? Translator not listed. Bangkok: Pranakorn
for Mankind [Khumu manut]. Bangkok: Pranakorn
Paticcasamuppada: Dependent Causation. Translated by Steven
Schmidt. Bangkok: Sublime Life Mission,
Socialism. Translated and edited by Donald Swearer. Bangkok: Thai Inter-religious
Commission on Development, 1986.
Me and Mine: Selected Essays of Bhikkhu Buddhadasa. Donald K.
Swearer, ed. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989.
Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga). Translated by Bhikkhu Ñanamoli.
Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1975.
the 80s: Surviving the Modern Age (Old Faith for a New Age). Asia
Week, March 12, 1982, 28-35.
World of Buddhism: A Pictorial Presentation. Bangkok: The Siam Society,
well-illustrated work is an excellent introduction to contemporary Thai Buddhism.
from Below: Buddhist and Christian Movements for Justice in Asia: Four Case Studies from Thailand and Sri Lanka. Lanham, MD:
University Press of America, 1988.
volume deals with several grassroots and non-government organizations (NGOs)
that are involved in applying their ideas in community development. The book especially focuses on the role of religion in development.
Monk, Buddhist Layman: A Study of Urban Monastic Organization in Central Thailand.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973.
Taste of Freedom. Bangkok: Funny Press, 1982.
Buddhist Women. Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1991.
brief volume introduces the reader to the roles and teachings of some women
and Buddhist nuns.
Persons: Imagery and Thought in Theravada Buddhism. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1982.
Essence and Development. New York: Harper
and Row, 1959.
Meditation in Modern Buddhism: Renunciation and Change in Thai Monastic Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
of the Buddha in Siam. Bangkok: Siam Society, 1978.
Darlington, Susan M.
The Good Buddha and the Fierce Spirits: Protecting
the Northern Thai Forest. Contemporary Buddhism 8:2
(November 2007), 169-185.
David M. Engel and Jaruwan S. Engel
Tort, Custom, and Karma: Globalization and Legal Consciousness in Thailand. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010.
Muang Metaphysics: A Study of Northern Thai Myth and Ritual. Bangkok:
Education in Siam. Visakha Puja 2507 (1964), 41-42.
Dhaninivat Kromamun Bidyalabh
The Old Siamese Conception of the Monarchy, in The Siam Society Fiftieth
Anniversary Commemorative Publication Selected Articles for the Siam
Society Journal, Vol. 2, Bangkok: Siam Society, 1954, 160-175.
A History of Buddhism in Siam. Bangkok: Siam Society, 1960.
Thoughts of the Buddha. Colombo: Dept. of Cultural Affairs, 1977.
Imagining the Course of Life: Self-Transformation in a Shan Buddhist Community. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 2006.
Embree, John F.
A Loosely Structured Social System. American Anthropologist 52:2 (1950),
Engel, David M. & Jaruwan S. Engel
Tort, Custom, and Karma: Globalization and Legal Consciousness in Thailand. Chiang Mai: Silkworm, 2010 (also Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010).
Path of Compassion: Writings on Socially Engaged Buddhism. Rev. 2nd ed.
Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1988.
book, showing a modern trend in Buddhism, sets out the perspectives of a number
of Buddhist teachers from, for example, Thailand, the US, Sri Lanka and
Vietnam who are attempting to apply Buddhist doctrine to engaged social
Structured Social Systems: Thailand in Comparative Perspective. New Haven:
Yale University Southeast Asian Studies, 1969.
Right Development: The Santi Asoke Buddhist Movement of Thailand. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.
Falk, Monica Lindberg
Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.
Forsyth, Tim & Walker, Andrew
Forest Guardians, Forest Destroyers: The Politics of Environmental Knowledge in Northern Thailand. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.
Gard, Richard A.
Political Thought: A Study of Buddhism in Society. Bangkok: Mahamakuta University
Kingship and the Political Integration in Traditional Siam, 1767-1824.
Ph.D. dissertation. Cornell University, 1976.
In the Land of Lady White Blood: Southern Thailand and the Meaning of History.
Ithaca: Southeast Asia Program Pulications, Cornell University, 1995.
Gerini, G. E.
News From Mahathera Samagam (The Sangha Supreme Council). Visakha Puja
2525 (1972), 46-47.
A Retrospective View and Account of The Origin of the Thet Maha Chat Ceremony
(Maha Jati Desana) or Exposition of the Tale of the Great Birth as Performed
in Siam. Bangkok: Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation, 1976.
Images: Language and Silence in the Royal Thai Polity. Man
26 (March 1991), 43-65.
article discusses the use of various religious symbols and rituals by royalty.
of the Defenders of the Security of Buddhism
Catholic Plot Against Buddhism. Bangkok: Siva Phorn, 1986.
Divine Wrath: The Spirit Cult of Luang Phau Phra Cao Sua, The Tiger King.
Crossroads 16:1 (2002), 1-18.
and Power in the Thai Social Order. American Anthropologist 64 (1962), 1247-1261.
classic article describes the Thai spiritual outlook as primarily based on
a hierarchy of merit. Tambiah and Kirsch subsequently expand upon this complexity
in their works.
Santi Asoke Buddhism and Thai State Response. Turku: Åbo Akademi University
Asoke Buddhism and Thai State Response analyses the conflict between Santi
Asoke the Thai state by studying the relationship between Buddhism and politics
in Thailand, and the differences between Santi Asoke and mainstream Buddhism.
of State and Kingship in Southeast Asia. Cornell Data Paper No. 18. Ithaca:
Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, April 1958.
Role of the Sangha in Modern Thailand. Taipei: Orient Cultural Service, 1977.
Khwan: How to Contain the Essence of Life. A Socio-psychological Comparison
of a Thai Custom. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 1982.
Majesty King Rama the Fourth Mongkut. Bangkok: Siva Phorn, 2511 .
Huxley, Andrew (editor)
Law: Buddhist Law Essays on the Legal History of Thailand, Laos, and
Burma. Bangkok: White Orchid, 1996.
Impacts of Religious Tourism in Thailand. MA thesis, University of Otago, 2000.
Examination in Thailand. Discussion Paper 11. Kyoto: The
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 1971.
State and Society:Thai Buddhism in History. Translated by Peter Hawkes. Honolulu:
University of Hawaii Press, 1986.
volume shows how the Thai Buddhist Sangha came to play a crucial role in the
formation of a Buddhist polity in Thailand and contains some helpful information
on the ecclesiastical system of education.
A Buddhist Thinker for the Modern World. Bangkok: The Siam Society, 1988.
intellectual examination of the thought of one of the leading contemporary
Thai Buddhist thinkers.
Legitimation, and Conflict: The Political Functions of Urban Thai Buddhism.
Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1989.
book provides yet another summary of Buddhism and legitimation in Thailand,
recapping the character of the Sangha Acts. Jackson’s work is a bit different in that it
attempts to argue that some new reformist movements in Thai Buddhism, such
as Dhammakaya and Santi Asoke, are class-based phenomena.
Without Development: Thailand as an Asian Case Study. New York: Praeger
in Thailand. Visakha Puja 2504 (1961), 11-19.
Jerryson, Michael &
Warfare. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Titles and Ranks. Data Paper no. 81. Ithaca: Southeast Asia Program, Cornell
The Vessantara Jataka, barami, and the bodhisattva-kings: the origin and spread of a Thai concept of power. Crossroads 16:2 (2002), 36-78.
Recollections: Wandering Monks in Twentieth-Century Thailand. Honolulu:
University of Hawaii Press, 1997.
strength of this book is its insight into the unique history, practices, and
lives of some prominent wandering monks (phra thudong); the weakness
of the book is the authors polemic (students will call it attitude)
regarding monolithic views of Thai Buddhism. Anyone who has read the works of
Somboon Suksamran or Stanley Tambiah would hardly view Thai Buddism as monolithic
a straw dog if there ever was one. Review: http://jbe.gold.ac.uk/5/bartho2.htm
The Buddha in the Jungle. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.
Thai Buddhist Women, Bare Life and Bravery. Australian Religion Studies Review (ARSR) 22:3 (2009). Access here.
Images of Human Perfection: The Arahant of the Sutta Pitaka Compared with the Bodhisattva and the Mahasiddha. Delhi: Motilal
Community Study in Thailand. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle, 1976.
Keyes, Charles F.
and National Integration. Journal of Asian Studies 30 (1971), 551-568.
Theravada Buddhism, and Thai Society. Journal of Asian Studies 36:2
(February 1977), 283-302.
Action and Buddhist Morality in a Thai Village. Journal of Asian Studies
42:2 (August 1983).
or Mistress but Never a Monk: Culture of Gender and Rural Women in Buddhist
Thailand, American Anthropologist 11:2 (1984), 223-241.
article triggered a debate with A. Thomas Kirsch. See Kirschs 1985 response
of Two Buddhist Saints in Thailand, in Charisma and Sacred Biography, Michael
Williams, ed. Thematic Series of The Journal of the Academy of Religion,
Buddhist Kingdom as Modern Nation-State. Boulder, CO: Westview Press,
textbook deals with Thailands history, politics, culture, religion, and popular
Politics and Their Revolutionary Origins in Thailand. International
Political Science Review 10:2 (1989), 121-142.
article suggests that Thai modern religious reform has become revolutionary
as people have broken free of some of the more traditional and conservative
aspects of the monarchy and the monkhood.
Charles F. & Valentine, Daniel E.
Anthropological Inquiry. London: University
of California Press, 1983.
Robes and Bowl: Glimpses of the Thudong
Bhikkhu Life. Kandy: Buddhist Publication
Criterion of True Religion: Lord Buddhas
Discourse to the Kalama People (Kalama Sutta). Bangkok: Mahamakut
Buddhist University Press, 1967.
Buddhism Explained. Bangkok: Mahamakut
Buddhist University Press, 2516/1973.
Providence and Prostitution: Image and Reality for Women in Buddhist
Thailand. London: Change, 1980.
Kirsch, A. Thomas
and Social Oscillation: Religion and Society in Upland Southeast Asia. Data
Paper 92. Ithaca: Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, 1973.
Economy, Polity, and Religion in Thailand, in Change and Persistence
in Thai Society, William Skinner and A. Thomas Kirsch, eds., 172-196.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1975.
in the Thai Religious System: An Interpretation. Journal
of Asian Studies 36:2 (February 1977), 241-265.
classic article deals with the syncretic dimensions of Thai spirituality:
a complex of Brahmanism, animism, and Buddhism.
Modernizing Implications of Nineteenth Century Reforms in the Thai Sangha,
in Religion and Legitimation of Power in Thailand and Burma, Bardwell
Smith, ed. Chambersburg: Anima Books,
Text and Context: Buddhist Sex-roles/Cultures of Gender Revisited.
American Ethnologist 12:2 (1985).
until Keyes published Mother or Mistress but Never a Monk..., A. Thomas
Kirsch said that he agreed with almost everything Keyes had published before.
This article was written as a response to Keyes.
Klausner, William J.
on Thai Culture. 3rd ed. Bangkok: The Siam Society, 1987.
sections deal with village life in Thailands Northeast and the role of Buddhism
from the perspective of a foreigner who has lived most of his life in Thailand.
Buddhist Masters. Santa Cruz: Unity Press, 1977.
volume is for students who wish to know the more concrete and practical teachings
of some Buddhist masters themselves. Despite its reductionist tendencies,
this book still manages to give a good cross-section of Theravada teachings
methods by masters from Thailand, Laos and Burma.
A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah. Quest Book
and Gender Bias: An Analysis of a Jataka Tale. Bangkok: Suksit Siam, 1989.
book constitutes a re-examination of Buddhism to see the extent to which Buddhist
wisdom is compatible with feminist wisdom.
Landon, Kenneth Perry
in Transition. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968 (Originally: University
of Chicago Press, 1939).
Lester, Robert C.
Buddhism in Southeast Asia. University of Michigan: Ann Arbor Paperbacks,
and the Concept of Law in Burma and Siam. Journal of the Siam Society
38:1 (1950), 9-31.
Mabry, Bevars D.
Work Behavior in a Buddhist Culture:
The Thai Experience. Journal of Cultural Economics 3:2 (December 1979), 57-73.
Mann, Robert &
Buddhist Character Analysis. Bradford on Avon: Aukana, 1992.
A fascinating attempt at assessing character from a more general Buddhist
Marasinghe, M. M. J.
Gods in Early Buddhism: A Study in Their Social and Mythological Milieu as Depicted in the Nikayas of the Pali Canon. Colombo: Vidyalankara Campus Publications, 1974.
Srimuang and the New Thai politics. London
and New York: Hurst and St. Martins Press, 1997.
good information about the Buddhist-influenced governor of Bangkok. Also a good source on the Santi Asoke movement.
Thai Buddhism, Thai Buddhists and the Southern Conflict. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 40:1 (February 2009), 1-10.
McDaniel, Justin T.
Gathering Leaves & Lifting Words: Histories of Buddhist Monastic Education in Laos and Thailand. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008.
Mohr, Thea & Tsedroen, Jampa (editors)
Dignity & Discipline: Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2010.
of Monk and Layman: Signs of Change in Thai Buddhist Ethics. Contributions
to Asian Studies 4 (1973), 69-77.
Muecke, Marjorie A.
Monks and Mediums: Religious Syncretism in Northern Thailand.
Journal of the Siam Society 80:2 (1992), 97-104.
Mother Sold Food, Daughter Sells Her Body: The Cultural Continuity of
Prostitution. Soc. Sci. Med. 35:7 (1992), 891-901.
A very interesting study on the paradox of the presence of Buddhism and prostitution.
Merit and Motivation: An Exploratory Study of the Social Functions of Buddhism m Processes
of Social Change. Special Report Series Number 1, DeKalb: Center for Southeast
Asian Studies Northern Illinois University, May 1969.
Life in Thailand: An Interpretation. Bangkok: Duang Komol Editions, 1978.
of Power and Moral Goodness in the Contemporary Thai: Worldview. Journal
of the Siam Society 67:1 (January 1979), 111-131.
Pure and Simple: The Buddhist Teachings of a Thai Laywoman. Wisdom Publications, 2005.
Nash, Manning; Gananath Obeyesekere; Michael M. Ames et al.
Anthropological Studies in Theravada Buddhism. Cultural Report Series 13. Yale University Southeast Asian Studies, 1966.
Heart of Buddhist Meditation: A Handbook of Mental Training Based of the Buddhas
Way of Mindfulness. New York: Samuel Weiser, 1962.
A terse classic with a strong base in the Theravada tradition.
Thai Religious Change: Temples, Sangha Reform and Social Change. Journal
of Southeast Asian Studies 24:2 (September 1993), 330-339.
A Person-Centered Ethnography of Thai Buddhism: The Life of Phra Rajavaramuni (Prayudh Payutto). PhD dissertation. Cornell University, 1989.
Over Spilled Holy Water: Complex Responses to a Traditional Thai Religious
Practice. Journal of Southeast Asian
Studies 22:1 (1991), 75-85.
article comments on Kirschs notion of complexity and analyzes the approaches
of three different Buddhist movements and teachers in contemporary Thailand
showing how they feel about reformist notions of Buddhism and more traditional
practices of pouring holy water.
Filling the Void: Thai Khwan and Burmese Leip-pya, the Stuff of Which Souls are Made. In Socially Engaged Spirituality: Essays in Honor of Sulak Sivaraksa on His 70th Birthday. Bangkok: Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation, 2003, 271-302.
Parnwell, Michael & Seeger, Martin
The Relocalization of Buddhism in Thailand. Journal of Buddhist Ethics
15 (2008). Access here.
Beyond Syncretism: Hybridization of Popular Religion in Contemporary Thailand. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 36:3 (October 2005), 461–487. Access here.
227 Fundamental Rules of a Bhikkhu. Introduction by Phra Sanasa Sobhana;
translated by Venerable Ñanamoli Thera. Bangkok: Maha Makuta Buddhist University (Mahamakutarajaviyalaya),
(Phra) Paisal Visalo
Phutthasatsana Thai nai anakhot naeonom lae thangok chak wikrit [Thai Buddhism in the Future: Tendencies and the Way out of the Crisis]. Bangkok: Sotsi-Saritwong Foundation, 2546/2003.
Pavaresvariyalongkorn, (Sangharaja) Kramaphraya
Brief Account of King Mongkut (Rama IV). Visakha Puja 2513 (1970),
Peasant Personality: The Patterning of Interpersonal Behavior in the Village
of Bang Chan. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press,
Modern Thai Literature: An Ethnographic
Interpretation. Honolulu: University
of Hawaii Press, 1987.
extensive translations of Thai literature into English.
Examination of Character and Socialization in a Thai Peasant Community. Ph.D.
dissertation. University of Washington, 1964.
Buddhism and Modernization in Contemporary Thailand. Contributions to
Asian Studies 4 (1973), 51-67.
Udomittipong & Walker, Chris
Engaged Buddhism for the New Millennium: Essays in Honor of the Ven. Phra
Dhammapitaka (Bhikkhu P. A. Payutto) on his 60th birthday anniversary.
Bangkok: Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation and Foundation for Children,
The Ascendancy of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia. Chiang Mai: Silkworm, 2010.
This wide-ranging account of early Buddhism in Southeast Asia overthrows
dominant theories among both Western and Asian scholars. Prapod argues that Pali-based Buddhism was brought from India and Sri Lanka by merchants, monks, and pilgrims by the fourth century. Several
schools flourished alongside Brahmanism, Mahayanism, and local spirit
beliefs—in coexistence rather than conflict. There was no conversion to
Theravada in the eleventh century as the school was already well established.
of Buddhism. Bangkok: Mahachulalongkorn
Buddhist University, 2528/1985. Web version available here.
Thai Buddhism in the Buddhist World. Bangkok: Amarin Printing Group, 1987.
Sammasati: An Exposition of Right Mindfulness. Translated by Dhamma-Vijaya. Bangkok: Amarin
Toward a Sustainable Science. Translated by B. G. Evans. Bangkok: Buddhadhamma
Buddhadhamma: Natural Laws and Values
for Life. Translated by Grant A. Olson.
Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995.
modern summary of Theravada Buddhist doctrine illustrated with passages from
the Pali canon. Some scholars have deemed this the best book on Thai Theravada
Buddhism written within the last two hundred years.
[See also Prayudh Payutto]
Thai Buddhism: A Trend (A Realistic or Pessimistic View). Visakha Puja
2522 (1979), 68-72.
Tradition and Change in Thai Buddhism. Bulletin of the Center for the
Study of World Religions. Harvard University, Fall 1981, 17-25.
Thai Buddhism in the Buddhist World. Bangkok: Mahachulalongkorn Alumni
Looking to America to Solve Thailands
Problems. Translated by Grant A. Olson. Bangkok: Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation,
making a few sojourns to America, this monk compares Thai development with
social development in the United States, and remains skeptical about using
America as a fashionable example. In the final section of this volume, he
relates how Buddhist principles can be applied towards meaningful and even
moral development in Thailand.
Buddhist Monkhood in 19th Century Thailand. Ph.D. dissertation. Cornell University,
essential historical biography of one of Thailands earliest reformers, King
Mongkut. Never published in book form.
Buddhist Cosmography in Thai History with Special Reference to Nineteenth
Century Culture Change. Journal of Asian Studies 35 (1976), 203-220.
Autobiography: The Life of Prince-Patriarch
Vajirañana, 1860-1921. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1979.
portion of the autobiography of the royal monk who helped establish the Thammayut
order and improve the education of monks.
and Sacral Kingship: A Study in the History of Thai Religion. Ph.D. dissertation. University
of Chicago, 1971.
of Theravada Action. Journal of Religious Ethics, Spring 1979, 12-26.
Frank E. & Mani B.
Three Worlds According to King Ruang: A Thai Cosmology. Berkeley: University
of California, 1982.
very good translation of the classic Thai cosmology incorporating
notions of hierarchies of beings and worlds, related to leadership, ethics,
heavens and hells.
Reynolds, Frank E. & Clifford, Regina T.
Society and the Struggle for National Integration: Burma and Thailand, in Transitions and Transformations in the History
of Religions. Edited by
Frank E. Reynolds and Theodore M. Ludwig. Leiden:
E. J. Brill, 1980, 56-88.
Ruth, Richard A.
In Buddhas Company: Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War.
Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2010.
The Ancestral Lords: Gender, Descent, and Spirits in a Northern Thai Village.
29. DeKalb: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern
Illinois University, 1994.
This work addresses the question of how bilateral kinship co-exists with cults
of matrilineal ancestral spirits throughout Northern Thailand. Includes ethnographic
descriptions of the Northern Thai (Yuan) kinship system, a Northern Thai village,
the institutions and rituals pertaining to the guardian spirits, and the structural
relationship of the matrilineal cult complex to indigenous concepts of space
and to local Buddhist institutions. Issues of gender and kinship are also
addressed throughout the volume.
Chandrangaam & Narujohn Iddhichiracharas (editors)
in Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai: Published to Commemorate the 13th General
Conference of The World Fellowship of Buddhists at Chiang Mai, Thailand, 1980.
and Human Rights: A Perspective. Visakha Puja 2522 (1979), 39-47.
and Human Rights (with a Preamble by Phra Rajavaramuni [Prayudh Payutto]). Paper 12, Thai Khadi Research Institute. Bangkok: Thammasat University,
Bhikkhu: A Remembrance. Crossroads 8:1 (1993), 125-130.
Note: Santikaro Bhikkhu has also retranslated or supervised the translation
of many of Buddhadasa Bhikkhus works. We will soon be adding these to
& (Phra) Paisal Visalo
Goodness and Generosity Perverted:
The Karma of Capitalist Buddhism in Thailand in Jonathan Watts, editor, Rethinking Karma: The Dharma of Social Justice. Bangkok: Silkworm, 2009.
Keeping the Faith: Thai Buddhism at the Crossroads. Bangkok: Post Books, 2001.
This astute reporter at the Bangkok Post offers many excellent insights into Thai Buddhism.
Book review here.
Philosophy of Education for Thailand: The Confluence of Buddhism and Democracy.
Bangkok: Ministry of Education, 1970.
(Phra) Sasana Sobhana
Government of the Thai Sangha. Visakha Puja 2510 (1967), 7-16.
Sathienpong Wannapok (translator)
Buddhas Words in the Dhammapada. Bangkok: Sængrung Printing, 1980.
Pali in Thai characters and a Thai and English translation of this important
The Evolution of Legitimacy, in Political Legitimacy in Southeast Asia:
The Quest for Moral Authority, Muthiah Alagappa, ed., 193-223. Stanford:
Stanford University Press, 1995.
Sacred Biography in the Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia.
Honolulu, HI: University Press of Hawaii, 1997
Scott, Rachelle M.
Nirvana for Sale? Buddhism, Wealth, and the Dhammakaya Temple in Contemporary Thailand. Albany:
SUNY Press, 2009.
Buddhist Reflections on the Spiritual Life.
Bangkok: Amaravati Publications, 1969.
An anthology of teachings by English-speaking disciples of Achan Chah. This
very accessible volume would be of special interest to Western Buddhists.
This compilation of short biographies and teachings by phra farang influenced
by Achan Chah reveals a depth and variety of approaches to Thai Buddhism.
Published for free distribution.
Sensenig III, Barton
Psychological Symbolism of Thai Buddhist Cosmology. Visakha Puja 2516
Social Philosophy of Buddhism. Bangkok: Mahamakut Buddhist University,
Geographies of Intertextuality: Buddhist
Literature in Pre-modern Siam. Aseanie 19 (June 2007).
Kirsch, A. Thomas
Change and Persistence in Thai Society: Essays in Honor of Lauriston Sharp.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1975.
Bardwell L. (editor)
and Legitimation of Power in Thailand, Laos, and Burma. Chambersburg,
PA: ANIMA Books, 1978.
several excellent articles on Buddhism and politics in Thailand by Donald
Swearer, A. Thomas Kirsch, Stanley Tambiah, Frank Reynolds, and Charles Keyes.
Reynolds article on Thailands civic religion and the Student Uprising of
1973 is especially noteworthy.
Plot to Undermine Buddhism. Bangkok: Siva Phorn, 1984.
Buddhism in Southeast Asia. London: C. Hurst and Co., 1977.
Political Patronage and Control over
the Sangha. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1981.
volume takes on the topic of the structural-functional relationships between
the Sangha and the Thai state, from early times to the present (recent past).
Buddhism and Politics in Thailand. Singapore:
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1982.
traces the history of the Sangha Acts and the parallel structures of the secular
and ecclesiastical administrations. He traces various periods in Thailand
during which some monks were more or less politicized.
Bodhi Tree Worship in Theravada Buddhism. Studia Asiatica no. 9. Nagoya University
Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies, 2010.
What's What in a Wat. Thai Buddhist Temples: Their Purpose and Design. Chiang Mai: Silkworm, 2010.
Strong, John S.
The Legend and Cult of Upagupta: Sanskrit Buddhism in North India and Southeast Asia. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992.
Movement: An Analysis of Its Origins, Development, and Social Inpact.
Ph.D. dissertation. Universität Bielefeld, 1991.
This dissertation is available on the web
and contains excellent information on the life and rise of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.
Provinces of Concern: A Case-Study of the Social Impact of the Buddhadasa
Movement. Sojourn 7:1 (February 1992), 39-68.
Conflict, Culture, Change: Engaged Buddhism in a Globalizing World. Wisdom Publications, 2005.
and Society: An Analysis. Visakha Puja 2522 (1979), 48-53.
A Buddhist Vision for Renewing Society. Bangkok: Thai Watana Panich
Co., Ltd., 1981.
Siamese Resurgence. Bangkok: Asian
Cultural Forum on Development, 1985.
Religion and Development. Translated by Francis
Seely and edited by Grant A. Olson. Bangkok: Thai
Inter-Religious Commission for Development, 1987.
of Peace: A Buddhist Vision for Renewing Society.
Berkeley: Parallax Press, 1992.
Buddhist-influenced ideas, ideals, and teachings of a well-known Thai social
Sulak Sivaraksa (editor)
Conservatism: Buddhism in the Contemporary World. Articles in Honour of Bhikkhu
Buddhadasas 84th Birthday Anniversary. Thai Inter-Religious Commission
for Development and the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, 2533/1990.
Psychology of the Thai People: Values and Behavioral Patterns. Bangkok:
National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), 1990.
Sunthorn Na-rangsi (Translated by Bruce Evans)
Administration of the Thai Sangha: Past, Present and Future. The Chulalongkorn Journal of Buddhist Studies 1:2 (2002), 59-74. Access here.
Movements in Contemporary Thailand: Buddhist Struggles for Modern Relevance.
Asian Survey 30:4 (April 1990),
succinct, but helpful summary that delineates some of the major movements
and ideals in modern Thai Buddhism.
Swearer, Donald K.
in Transition. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1970.
New Directions in Thai Buddhism. Solidarity 5:4 (April 1970), 50-53.
Toward the Truth. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1971.
Thai Buddhism: Two Responses to Modernity. Contributions to Asian Studies
4 (1973), 79-93.
Fundamentalistic Movements in Theravada Buddhism, in Fundamentalisms
Observed, Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby, eds., 628-690. Chicago:
The University of Chicago Press, 1991.
Buddhist World in Southeast Asia. Albany:
SUNY Press, 1995.
update of his earlier text Buddhism and Society in Southeast Asia (Chambersburg, PA: Anima Publications,
text presents a very general treatment of early Buddhist kingdoms, Buddhist
festivals and rituals (popular traditions), and reform.
and Mine: Selected Essays of Bhikkhu Buddhadasa. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989.
Cults in North-East Thailand. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970.
classic village study arguing for a more integrated, holistic view of classical
and popular Thai religious traditions that fall under the realm of Buddhism.
and This-Worldly Activity. Modern Asian Studies 7:1 (1973).
and Transformation of Tradition in Southeast Asia, with Special Reference
to Thailand. Daedalus 102:1 (Winter 1973).
World Conquerer and World Renouncer:
A Study of Buddhism and Polity in Thailand Against a Historical Background.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.
breadth of this book is difficult to easily summarize. It begins with a discussion sacred kingship and then moves to the notion
of galatic polity. The Sangha Acts are discussed, as is Buddhism
and national development and some
early trends of reform.
Buddhist Saints of the Forest and the Cult of Amulets: A Study in Charisma,
Hagiography, Sectarianism and Millennial Buddhism. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1984.
insightful reflections on the interactions between Buddhism and popular traditions
Who Can Compete Against the World? Power-Protection and Buddhism in Shan Worldview. Association of Asian Studies Monograph Series 51. Ann Arbor: Association of Asian Studies, 1996.
Toward a Buddhist Social Ethics: The Case of Thailand. Cross Currents 48:3 (Fall 1998). Web version available here.
Revitalization, Modernization, and Social Change in Contemporary Thailand.
Sojourn 8:1 (1993), 62-91.
Monks and the Nation-State: An Anthropological and Historical Study in Northeastern
Thailand. Singapore: Institute of Asian Studies, 1993.
very dense book traces the incorporation (or domestication) of forest monks
into the nation-state.
Buddhism and Postmodern Imaginings in Thailand: The Religiosity of Urban Space.
Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2008.
Terwiel, B. J.
and Magic: An Analysis of Religious Ceremonies in Central
Thailand. London: Curzon Press, 1979.
Yant 108 Phitsadan [A Compendium of (Sacred) Tatoos], ?.
Inventory of Non-Buddhist Supernatural Objects in a Central Thai Village. Ph.D. dissertation. Cornell University, 1960.
(Somdet Phra Maha Samana Chao Krom Phraya) Vajarañanavarorasa
Buddhist Proverbs, Section 1 (Buddhasasanasubhasita). Romanized and
translated by Phra Maha Prayong Kittidharo. Bangkok: The Buddhist University of
Navakovada: Instructions for the Newly-Ordained Bhikkhus and Samaneras.
Bangkok: Maha Makuta Buddhist University (Mahamakutarajaviyalaya), 2514/1971.
Procedure (and the Preliminary Duties of a New Bhikkhu). Bangkok: Maha
Makuta Buddhist University (Mahamakutarajaviyalaya), 2516/1973.
Still an excellent English-language source for farang considering ordination
into the Thai Theravada order.
Entrance to the Vinaya (Vinayamukha). 3 Vols. Bangkok: Maha Makuta
Buddhist University (Mahamakutarajaviyalaya), (Vol. 1 published in 2512/1969;
Vol. 2 published in 2516/1973; Vol. 3 published in 2526/1983).
Van Esterik, Penny
Rice and Milk in Thai Buddhism: Symbolism and Social Values of Basic Food Substances.
Crossroads 2:1 (1984), 46-58.
Feeding Their Faith: Recipe Knowledge among Thai Buddhist Women. Food and Foodways 1 (1986), 197–215.
of Southeast Asia. Center for Southeast Asian Studies Occasional Paper
no. 9. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University, Center for Southeast Asian Studies,
1982. Reprinted in 1995.
Edited by Van Esterik. A variety of essays dealing with the relationship of women and Theravada Buddhism
Spreading the Dhamma: Writing, Orality, and Textual Transmission in Buddhist Northern Thailand. Honolulu, HI: University Press of Hawaii, 2006.
Chaiyo!: King Vajiravudh and the Development of Thai Nationalism.
Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1978.
journal named after the Buddhist holiday was published by the Buddhist Association
of Thailand between the years of 1960 to 1980. All
of the issues of this magazine contain articles of interest to students of
Thai religion. Some of Thailands
most excellent thinkers and foreign residents of Thailand made contributions
over its too-brief span.
in Translations. New York: Atheneum, 1974.
Vihara. Bangkok: Siva Phorn, 2515/1972.
Wells, Kenneth E.
Buddhism: Its Rites and Activities. New York: AMS Press, 1960 (reprint,
Bangkok: Suriyaban Publishers, 1975; reprint, New York: AMS Press, 1982).
overview of the distinctive aspects of ritual practice in Thailand.
Williams, Paul & Ladwig, Patrice (editors)
Buddhist Funeral Cultures of Southeast Asia and China. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Politics of Reform in Thailand: Education in the Reign of King Chulalongkorn.
New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1969.
Revolution of Rama I of Thailand, in Moral Order and the Question of Change: Essays on Southeast Asian Thought, D. Wyatt
and A. Woodside, eds., 9-54. Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, Monograph
Series, no. 24. New Haven: Southeast
Asia Studies, 1982.
A Short History. New Haven: Yale
University Press, 1984.
The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe:
Being Sketches of the Domestic and Religious Rites and Ceremonies of the Siamese.
New York: AMS Press, 1898 (reprint, New York: AMS Press, 1982).
An early, though still valuable, comprehensive work of ethnography.
Education Under Prince Wachirayan Warorot. Ph.D. dissertation. Cornell University,
Symbolism of a Thai Middle-Class Sect: The Growth and Appeal of the Thammakai
Movement. Journal of Southeast Asian
Studies 21:2 (September 1990), 402-426.
and class analysis of the popular Buddhist movement advocating the practice
of visualization meditation.
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