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date: 25 August 2019

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This chapter places the historical development of contemporary Buddhist architecture in its historical context. It examines the ways that architects, builders, and monastics have drawn on historical typologies like the stupa, the stambha, and the caitya hall in producing new spaces for the teaching, dissemination, and veneration of Buddhist thought and practices. Sites like Wat Phra Dhammakaya, the Erawan Museum, the Spiritual Theater at Suan Mokkh , the Water Temple, and the Water-Moon Monasteryhave sought to reconcile the reflective and pedagogical aspects of historic Buddhist architecture with the needs of contemporary lay communities, modern expectations of leisure time, and the development of new modes of sense perception within a globalized culture that privileges consumption over contemplation.

Keywords: Buddhist architecture, stupa, stambha, caitya, Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Erawan, Water-Moon Monastery

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