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Remembering the PresentMindfulness in Buddhist Asia$
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J. L. Cassaniti

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707995

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707995.001.0001

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Burma: A Fine Mist, or a Cave in the Woods

Burma: A Fine Mist, or a Cave in the Woods

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Remembering the Present

J. L. Cassaniti

Cornell University Press

This chapter moves the narrative to Myanmar (Burma) where, through the popularization efforts of Mahasi Sayadaw, Ledi Sayadaw and others, many of the international mindfulness movements have especially drawn from. After a visit to the ancient capital of Bagan, the author continues interviews with monks, students, psychiatrists and villagers in the areas around Mandalay, including at Maha Gandayon Monastery, Mandalay University, and the Government Psychiatric Hospital. Here we learn that mindfulness (called thati in Burmese) takes on many similar and some particular qualities relative to those in Thailand. These particular understandings of meaning and practice, including a greater emphasis on the Abhidhamma and the role of memory, are examined in light of the TAPES of temporality, affect, power, ethics, and selfhood.

Keywords:   Abhidhamma, Thati, Mandalay, Maha Gandayon, Psychiatric, Memory, Mahasi Sayadaw, Ledi Sayadaw, Bagan

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