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Knowing Body, Moving Mind: Ritualizing and Learning at Two Buddhist Centers

Patricia Q. Campbell


This book investigates ritualizing and learning at introductory meditation classes at two Buddhist centers in Toronto, Canada. The centers, Friends of the Heart and Chandrakirti, are led and attended by western Buddhists: that is, people from non-Buddhist familial and cultural backgrounds. Inspired by theories that suggest that rituals impart new knowledge or understanding, the book examines how introductory meditation students learn through formal Buddhist practice. Along the way, it explores practitioners' reasons for enrolling in meditation classes, their interests in Buddhism, and their re ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, ethnography, learning, meditation, postures, techniques, performance theory, ritual, ritualizing, Western Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199793822
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Q. Campbell, author
Mount Allison University