Burning for the Buddha

Burning for the Buddha

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Burning for the Buddha: Self-Immolation in Chinese Buddhism is the first book-length study of the theory and practice of qabandoning the bodyq (self-immolation) in Chinese Buddhism. Although largely ignored by conventional scholarship, the acts of self-immolators (which included not only burning the body but also being devoured by wild animals, drowning oneself, and self-mummification, among others) form an enduring part of the religious tradition and provide a new perspective on the multifarious dimensions of Buddhist practice in China from the early medieval period to the present time. This book examines the hagiographical accounts of all those who made offerings of their own bodies and places them in historical, social, cultural, and doctrinal context.In the Lotus, bodhisattvas well known from other sArtras, such as MaApjuAirAr and Samantabhadra, play somewhat ... purely materialist perspective, the Lotus SArtra is, as Liu Xinru has so memorably described it, a€œvirtually a workshop manual ratheranbsp;...

Title:Burning for the Buddha
Author: James A. Benn
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press - 2007

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