We welcome you to attend the online lecture, "Reflections on the Boundary Markers of the Early Rattanakosin Period (1782–1868): ‘Temple of the Reign’ and the New Buddhist Lineage," by Prof. M.L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati (California State University, Sacramento).
Date: 21 May (Friday)
Time: 13:00-14:00 UK time
Abstract: After 27 years in the monkhood, King Mongkut (Rama IV) came to the throne and initiated a new Buddhist sect called the Dhammayuttika (Thai: Thammayut nikaya) that paid strong attention to the Buddhist disciplines (vinaya). The king was concerned about the procedure and demarcation of sima stones in temples. As a result, he had a revered monk, Somdet Phra Wannarat (Dang), write instructions and descriptions of how to erect sima stones and classify different types of sima in simagatha. This article focuses on the new development of concepts and forms of sima stones during the King Mongkut (r. 1851-1868) and King Chulalongkorn periods (r. 1868-1910). It will include symbols, types, and functions of different categories of sima (i.e., baddhasima, abaddhasima, khandasima, mahasima and visunggamasima).
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