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Burning for the Buddha : self-immolation in Chinese Buddhism / James A. Benn
Bib ID 3994884
Format BookBook
Author
Benn, James A., 1964-
 
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Description Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, c2007 
xiii, 360 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9780824829926
Series

Studies in East Asian Buddhism ; no. 19.

Kuroda Institute studies in East Asian Buddhism ; 19.

Summary

"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."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • "Mounting the smoke with glittering colors": self-immolation in early medieval China
  • The Lotus sutra, auto-cremation, and the indestructible tongue
  • Saṃgha and the state: the power(s) of self-immolation
  • Is self-immolation a "good practice"?: Yongming Yanshou on relinquishing the body
  • Local heroes in a fragmenting empire: self-immolation in the late Tang and five dynasties
  • One thousand years of self-immolation.
 
Notes

"A Kuroda Institute book"

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Self-immolation -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.  |  Self-immolation -- China.  |  Buddhism -- China -- Customs and practices.

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