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Embodying the Dharma
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. EMBODYING THE DHARMA
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. INTRODUCTION: BEYOND SUPERSTITION
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 2. BUDDHIST RELICS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE: BEYOND THE PARALLELS
  2. pp. 27-50
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  1. 3. LIVING RELICS OF THE BUDDHA(S) IN TIBET
  2. pp. 51-92
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  1. 4. BUDDHIST RELICS AND JAPANESE REGALIA
  2. pp. 93-116
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  1. 5. THE FIELD OF THE BUDDHA’S PRESENCE Jacob N. Kinnard
  2. pp. 117-144
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  1. 6. SIGNS OF THE BUDDHA IN NORTHERN THAI CHRONICLES
  2. pp. 145-162
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  1. 7. ON THE ALLURE OF BUDDHIST RELICS
  2. pp. 163-192
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 193-194
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 195-201
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