SURROUND SOUND COPYRIGHT 2011
Background photo courtesy of Wasitthee Chaiyakan
I pioneered the concept of a regional monastic community in Burma, drawing upon Anne Blackburn's work on Sri Lankan monasticism and her development of the idea of a "textual community." The regional monastic community I focused on was that of the Lower Chindwin. Monks and Laymen from this area took over the Konbaung court under Bodawhpaya and launched a Reformation not only of Buddhism but also over all forms of knowledge. Ultimately this prompted an important intellectual shift in the nineteenth century that comtributed to the transition from precolonial to colonial rule. This discussion is mainly found in my 2006 book, Powerful Learning, but some aspects were further developed in articles that followed.