Buddhism is popularly seen as a religion stressing the truth of impermanence. 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...
Hardcover: 290 pages
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass (July 30, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.9 inches
Amazon Rank: 480329
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This is a magnificent book, very well-researched and touching on such fascinating topics. For anyone under the disturbingly commonplace yet revisionist impression that Buddhism is a "philosophy" and not a religion, this analysis of the tradition reli...
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