Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism: Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition

Relics, Ritual, and Representation in Buddhism: Rematerializing the Sri Lankan Theravada Tradition

by Kevin Trainor, Trainor Kevin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521036682

ISBN-13: 9780521036689

Pub. Date: 04/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Western scholarship has largely ignored the practice of venerating the physical remains of the Buddha, a practice that has been a central focus of both monastic and lay Buddhists for more than two millennia. This study draws on textual and archaeological evidence from India and Sri Lanka to examine the place of relic veneration in the history of South Asian

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Western scholarship has largely ignored the practice of venerating the physical remains of the Buddha, a practice that has been a central focus of both monastic and lay Buddhists for more than two millennia. This study draws on textual and archaeological evidence from India and Sri Lanka to examine the place of relic veneration in the history of South Asian Buddhism. It contributes to current work on the history of Western Buddhology, to the discipline of religious studies, and to the history of Indian and Sri Lankan Buddhism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521036689
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions Series, #10
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; 1. Orientations; 2. Buddhist relic veneration in India; 3. Relics and the establishment of the Buddhist sasana in Sri Lanka; 4. Paradigms of presence; 5. Ritual and the presence of the Buddha; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

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