Embodying the Dharma: Buddhist Relic Veneration in Asia

Embodying the Dharma: Buddhist Relic Veneration in Asia

by David Germano
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791462188
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Beyond Superstition
Kevin Trainor

2. Buddhist Relics in Comparative Perspective: Beyond the Parallels
John S. Strong

3. Living Relics of the Buddha(s) in Tibet
David Germano

4. Buddhist Relics and Japanese Regalia
Bernard Faure

5. The Field of the Buddha's Presence
Jacob N. Kinnard

6. Signs of the Buddha in Northern Thai Chronicles
Donald K. Swearer

7. On the Allure of Buddhist Relics
Robert H. Sharf

Contributors

Index

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