Attracting the Heart: Social Relations and the Aesthetics of Emotion in Sri Lankan Monastic Culture
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192pp. June 2010
Attracting the Heart: Social Relations and the Aesthetics of Emotion in Sri Lankan Monastic Culture
Author: Samuels, Jeffrey;
An idealized view of the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk might be described according to the doctrinal demand for emotional detachment and, ultimately, the cessation of all desire. Yet monks are also enjoined to practice compassion, a powerful emotion and eq
Topics in Contemporary Buddhism Series
“A significant step in a novel direction for the field of Buddhist studies. Scholars of religion and affect will surely want to engage this work, as will those working on the recruitment of religious professionals and the growth of religious communit
Author: Samuels, Jeffrey;
Jeffrey Samuels is associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Western Kentucky University.
Read the Introduction (PDF).
Series Editor’s Preface 
Acknowledgments 
Notes on Romanization and Naming Practices 
Dramatis Personae 
Introduction: Buddhism and Social Relations in Contemporary Sri Lanka 



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