Wisdom as a Way of Life
Theravada Buddhism Reimagined
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Collins details the insights of Buddhist texts and practices that promote the ideal of active and engaged learning, offering an expansive and lyrical reflection on Theravada approaches to meditation, asceticism, and physical training. He explores views of monastic life and contemplative practices as complementing and reinforcing textual learning, and argues that the Buddhist tenet that the study of philosophy and ethics involves both rigorous reading and an ascetic lifestyle has striking resonance with modern and postmodern ideas. A bold reappraisal of the history of Buddhist literature and practice, Wisdom as a Way of Life offers students and scholars across the disciplines a nuanced understanding of the significance of Buddhist ways of knowing for the world today.
Preface, by Dan Arnold
Editor's Introduction, by Justin Thomas McDaniel
Part One: Wisdom
Part Two: Practices of Self
Afterword: Reading Collins Today, and Tomorrow, by Charles Hallisey