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Burning for the Buddha: Self-Immolation in Chinese Buddhism

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published February 28th 2007 by University of Hawaii Press
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Professor James Alexander Benn is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, where he teaches Buddhism and East Asian Religions while focusing his research on medieval Chinese religions.

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