- Steven Collins’ new book on ordained and lay nuns in South and Southeast Asia
- Steven Collins’ June seminar in Paris on “the status of the subject”
- Daniel Veidlinger’s book on textuality, orality, and scriptural transmission in Thailand, featured on New Books in Buddhist Studies; interview!’
- Trafalgar Meditation Flashmob
- Derek K. Miller’s last blog post before he died
- Skateboarding video in Burma is great
- My current fascination (for 5 years now): Göbleki Tepe.
First things first: the influential scholar of Buddhism Steven Collins has turned his attention to Buddhist nuns (both ordained and lay), and has begun to put his work out there! Those who read French can order this book and count themselves fortunate:
Civilisation et femmes célibataires dans le bouddhisme en Asie du Sud et du Sud-Est : une « étude de genre » / Steven Collins. – Paris : Éditions du Cerf, 2011. – 133 S. – (Collection « Les Conférences de l’École Pratique des Hautes Études » ; 5)
Those who are so fortunate as to be in Paris in June will have the great good fortune to attend a public presentation by Dr. Collins, organized by Cambodia Buddhist scholar Ashley Thompson, whose book on Cambodia, Buddhism, and Gender will be coming out in the next year, I hope. The seminar is on ‘Le statut du ‘sujet’: explorations des textes bouddhiques.’, and draws largely on Collins’ earliest book-length work, the now-classic work “Selfless Persons,” which addresses the question of how Buddhism considers the question of the self and personal continuity, questions which should be profitably put into exchange with Western discussions on the subject. (in the interests of full disclosure, I am fortunate to have been a student of Steve Collins.)
This link will not, unfortunately, take you straight to the relevant link; you’ll have to scroll a bit.
Daniel Veidlinger’s 2006 book, “Spreading the Dhamma: writing, orality, and textual transmission in Buddhist Northern Thailand,” which I highly recommend, is interviewed by the New Books in Buddhist Studies weblog! Go join the discussion!
Derek K. Miller was a Buddhist who recently died. He wrote a last blog post about his impending death, just prior to passing, which is a fantastic read. He faces death with all the fears that we might all have, but distinguishes those fears from the fantastical, terrifying fears, that afflict far too many. Really, read it.
This is a very fun video. It’s only 19 minutes long, and well worth your time, whether it attracts your attention for the novelty of skateboarders in Burma, Monks in Burma, travel videos in general, or simply the relative novelty of moving images from Burma that aren’t on the news. h/t the worst horse.
General awesomeness on my constant fascination: the connection between the rise of agriculture and what we now call religion. Göbleki Tepe is datum number one, and National Geographic has a recent article. h/t via the amazing AncientFoods blog.