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Living Buddhism: Mind, Self, and Emotion in a Thai Community

Explores Buddhist ideas of impermanence, non-attachment, and intention which are translated into everyday practices in Thai society, focusing area on Northern Thai cultural context in Chiang Mai province. Combines interviews and observation to show how Buddhist ideas are understood by the folklore. Compares emotional experiences led by religious and cultural practices among Buddhist villagers and Christian Karen villagers. Highlights importance of change, calmness, and karma which are reflecting the idea of “Trilak” (Anicca – impermanence, Dukkha – agony, Anatta – non-selfhoodness) and embedding in social behaviors and metaphors, such as “go-to-ask-monks”, “impermanence are all things”, “cool hearts”, “karma is cause and effect”.