[INDOLOGY] Buddhism and removal of dirt

Christopher Handy handyca at mcmaster.ca
Mon Jul 10 13:28:20 UTC 2017

Dear Dr. Karp,

There is some information on removing human urine and excrement from 
monastery floors in
volume 1, pp. 150 and 168 of

Karashima, Seishi, trans. 2012. Die Abhisamācārikā Dharmāḥ: 
Verhaltensregen für
buddhistische Mönche der Mahāsāṃghika-Lokottaravādins. 3 vols. Tokyo: The
International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology.

One thing I found very interesting there is that human excrement is 
perceived as
defiling, but cow excrement is perceived as purifying (it is actually 
for cleaning the floor).

This book may also be useful to you:

Heirman, Ann and Mathieu Torck. 2012. A Pure Mind in a Clean Body: 
Bodily Care in
the Buddhist Monasteries of Ancient India and China. Gent: Academia Press.

I also have a chapter in my dissertation (chapter 4) on Buddhist 
lavatory protocol:

Handy, Christopher Aaron. 2016. “"Indian Buddhist Etiquette and the 
Emergence of Ascetic Civility.” Ph.D.
Diss. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

Best wishes,

Chris Handy

On 7/10/17 6:49 AM, Artur Karp via INDOLOGY wrote:
> >  monograph
> *paper or monograph*
> 2017-07-10 9:25 GMT+02:00 Artur Karp <karp at uw.edu.pl 
> <mailto:karp at uw.edu.pl>>:
>     Dear List,
>     is there any monograph devoted to the techniques of cleansing
>     monasteries and - especially - of the removal of fecal matter?
>     Respectfully,
>     Artur Karp (ret.)
>     Chair of South Asian Studies
>     University of Warsaw
>     Polska
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Christopher Handy
PhD in Religious Studies (McMaster, 2016)

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