Manuscripts and Education in Northern Thailand and Laos (1569-1920)

Justin McDaniel


Nissaya, vohāra and nāmasadda pedagogical genres refl ect modes of thought, pedagogical techniques, and commentarial practices specifi c to a place and given time. These manuscripts have also infl uenced the way knowledge is assessed, organized, and written about in the modern period. An educational history based on methods and modal entities will emerge through a study of pedagogical manuscripts. These texts cannot be placed into neat categories. They must be seen as particular moments in a history of articulations of Buddhism. They do not describe Buddhist thought systematically. They do not clearly represent a Buddhist episteme or a commentarial tradition. Instead they evince the ways local agents were reaching back and reaching towards Buddhism.

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