Yeah, so….everyone has a ‘junk drawer,’ right? That place where you stick all those things you are, inexplicably, interested and fascinated by, but unable to describe succinctly? The ‘social disciplines’ is my attempt to name that junk drawer for the purposes of this blog: stuff I’m interested in that is otherwise nebulously categorical.
- 18 levels of Chinese Hell
- Fire to the Commons! An essay you should read – ‘further theory’
- Why bureaucracy matters when you are trying to “DIY” your own funeral
- Downsizing Chinese Graves
- Racialization or Denominalization of Worship Styles
- Understanding Society – a Blog You Should Be Reading. Continue reading
I’m pushing forward with my new schedule for Sounding posts, where I collect a variety of links on a shared topic (“Cambodia, Buddhism, or Religion,” e.g.) and make a few comments about them. Today is Buddhism day.
- Aung San Suu Kyi’s son to temporarily ordain as a Buddhist monk
- Meditation “Better than morphine?”
- “New Books in Buddhist Studies” online service
- Separation of Church and State, Equal Treatment, issues in Stupa on National Park Service land
- Why Hollywood should just stop making movies about ‘other people’s’ religions as backdrop.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s son to temporarily ordain as a Buddhist monk
Did you hear that Aung San Suu Kyi’s son is going to ordain as a Buddhist Monk? Apparently. The son, whose heartthrob status will probably only be increased by this honorable, celibate, act (he is a heck of a good-looking young man), will ordain, but the explicit purpose of his ordination is unclear. Very often, novitiate ordination is understood primarily as an act which makes merit for one’s mother, so it’s very clearly direct towards his mother. But the act also dovetails with a sense of opening possibility for a renewed National League for Democracy political party (NLD).