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Embodying the Dharma: Buddhist Relic Veneration in Asia

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ISBN 10: 079146217X / ISBN 13: 9780791462171
Published by State Univ of New York Pr 2004-10-07, 2004
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Title: Embodying the Dharma: Buddhist Relic ...

Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr 2004-10-07

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Examines the practice of relic veneration in a variety of forms of Buddhism.

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Embodying the Dharma explores the centrality of relic veneration in Asian Buddhist cultures. Long disregarded by Western scholars as a superstitious practice reflecting the popularization of "original" Buddhism, relic veneration has emerged as a topic of vital interest in the last two decades with the increased attention to Buddhist ritual practice and material culture. This volume includes studies of relic traditions in India, Japan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, as well as broader comparative analyses, including comparisons of Buddhist and Christian relic veneration.

"...[this book] is a testament to the growing interest in the material and ritual dimensions of Buddhism." -- Buddhadharma

"The chapters accomplish a reenvisioning of Buddhism in society, past and present. With excellent scholars known for their command of their sources, and many controversies and unsolved questions in Buddhist studies being touched upon, the exemplary value of this book is proven." -- Todd T. Lewis, author of Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal: Narratives and Rituals of Newar Buddhism

"Perhaps fearing that conceptions of Buddhism would be tainted by superstition, Western scholars have tended to overlook relics and the practices surrounding them. Embodying the Dharma brings together essays by scholars who take holy remnants seriously. The reader will emerge with a good sense of the complexity--and importance--of relic worship in the Buddhist world." -- Roger R. Jackson, coeditor of Tibetan Literature: Studies in Genre

Contributors include Bernard Faure, David Germano, Jacob N. Kinnard, Robert H. Sharf, John S. Strong, Donald K. Swearer, and Kevin Trainor.

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