Burning for the Buddha : Self-Immolation in Chinese Buddhism (Hardcover)

Author: Benn, James A.

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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 "abandoning the body" (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.

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Publisher Kuroda Institute
Mfg Part# 9780824829926
SKU 204167009
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0824829921
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0360
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
Series Part 19

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