Burning for the Buddha: Self-Immolation in Chinese Buddhism
Burning for the Buddha is the first book-length study of the theory and practice of abandoning the body(self-immolation) in Chinese Buddhism. It examines the hagiographical accounts of all those who made offerings of their own bodies and places them in historical, social, cultural, and doctrinal context. Rather than privilege the doctrinal and exegetical interpretations of the tradition, which assume the central importance of the mind and its cultivation, James Benn focuses on the ways in which the heroic ideals of the bodhisattva present in scriptural materials such as the Lotus Sutra played out in the realm of religious practice on the ground.
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Account Appended attain auto-cremation Baochang bene¤t biogra biography bodhisattva Buddha burn his body century Chan master chanting Chapter Chinese Buddhists collection compiled cremation dāna Daodu Daoxuan Dazhi death dharma disciples discussed donation dynasty Eminent Monks emperor example Fayuan zhulin gaoseng zhuan 40 Gernet Hangzhou Huayan jing Huijiao Huiyi immolation incense jātaka jing Jinhua later Liang Liang Wudi Lotus Sūtra Mahāyāna Medicine King medieval China Ming miracles monastery monastic monk mountain ngers nianfo of¤cials offering one’s pagoda precepts present-day prince Pure Land recited relics religious rewood sacri¤ce saœgha saœsāra šarīra scripture secular self-immolation Sengyai SGSZ 23 shan Shanxi Sichuan signi¤cant Song gaoseng zhuan sources speci¤c šrama’a Shi story stūpa Tang Taoist teachings Tiantai tion translated Vinaya Wang Shichong Wu-Yue Wutai shan XGSZ 27 Xin xu gaoseng xu gaoseng zhuan Yanshou Zanning Zanning’s Zhejiang Zhongnan Zhou zhuan 9 Zhuangzi Zizhi tongjian