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Relics Of The Buddha

ISBN 9780691117645
REGISTERED: 11/30/17
UPDATED: 04/19/21
Relics Of The Buddha

Buddhism is popularly seen as a religion stressing the truth of impermanence

  • Relics Of The Buddha available on July 01 2018 from Indigo for 93.95
  • ISBN bar code 9780691117645 ξ2 registered April 22 2017
  • ISBN bar code 9780691117645 ξ1 registered February 02 2015
  • Product category is Book

  • # 978069111764

How, then, to account for the long-standing veneration, in Asian Buddhist communities, of bone fragments, hair, teeth, and other bodily bits said to come from the historic Buddha? Early European and American scholars of religion, influenced by a characteristic Protestant bias against relic worship, declared such practices to be superstitious and fraudulent, and far from the true essence of Buddhism. John Strong''s book, by contrast, argues that relic veneration has played a serious and integral role in Buddhist traditions in South and Southeast Asia-and that it is in no way foreign to Buddhism. The book is structured around the life story of the Buddha, starting with traditions about relics of previous buddhas and relics from the past lives of the Buddha Sakyamuni. It then considers the death of the Buddha, the collection of his bodily relics after his cremation, and stories of their spread to different parts of Asia. The book ends with a consideration of the legend of the future parinirvana (extinction) of the relics prior to the advent of the next Buddha, Maitreya. Throughout, the author does not hesitate to explore the many versions of these legends and to relate them to their ritual, doctrinal, artistic, and social contexts.

    ^ Relics of the Buddha by John S. Strong (2004, Hardcover) (revised Feb 2015)
    ^ Relics Of The Buddha Indigo. (revised Jul 2018)

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