New PDF release: The Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses, Representations

By Cuevas, Bryan J., Stone, Jacqueline I.

ISBN-10: 0824830318

ISBN-13: 9780824830311

ISBN-10: 1435666186

ISBN-13: 9781435666184

In its teachings, practices, and associations, Buddhism in its assorted Asian kinds has been--and keeps to be--centrally fascinated about loss of life and the lifeless. but unusually ''death in Buddhism'' has got little sustained scholarly consciousness. The Buddhist useless bargains the first comparative research of this subject around the significant Buddhist cultures of India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Tibet, and Burma. Its person essays, representing a number tools, make clear a wealthy array of conventional Buddhist practices for the lifeless and death; the refined yet usually paradoxical discourses approximately loss of life and the lifeless in Buddhist texts; and the various representations of the useless and the afterlife present in Buddhist funerary paintings and well known literature.

The paradigmatic determine of the ancient Buddha, his dying, the symbolism of his funeral, and his dating to the impurity of the lifeless are taken care of within the starting essays by means of John S. robust and Gregory Schopen. The deaths of later impressive adepts, following the Buddha's version, and their value for Buddhist groups are investigated by way of Koichi Shinohara, Jacqueline I. Stone, Raoul Birnbaum, and Kurtis R. Schaeffer. A dramatic, usually debatable type of exemplary demise, that of ''giving up the body'' or Buddhist suicide, is tested by means of James Benn and D. Max Moerman. relocating from celebrated masters to bland practitioners and devotees, Bryan J. Cuevas, John Clifford Holt, and Matthew T. Kapstein soak up the topic of the ''ordinary dead'' and the intimate family members that regularly persist among them and people nonetheless residing, whereas Hank Glassman, Mark Rowe, and Jason A. Carbine make clear Buddhist funerary practices and handle the actual and social destinations of the Buddhist dead.

This very important assortment strikes past the mostly textual content- and doctrine-centered methods characterizing an previous iteration of Buddhist scholarship and expands its therapy of demise to incorporate ritual, devotional, and fabric tradition. Its foundational insights are either culturally and traditionally grounded and even as provide a foundation for additional, comparative conversations on demise among students of Buddhism and different spiritual traditions.

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33. See the classic studies, on secondary burial, by Robert Hertz, ‘‘A Contribution to the Study of Collective Representations of Death,’’ in Death and the Right Hand, trans. Rodney and Claudia Needham (Glencoe: Free Press, 1960 [1907]), 27–86, and, on rites of passage, by Arnold van Gennep, The Rites of Passage, trans. Monika B. Vizedom and Gabrielle L. Caffee (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960 [1909]), 146–65. On death ritual and symbols of stability and regeneration, see also Death and the Regeneration of Life, ed.

63 The opposition between A¯nanda and Maha¯ka¯s´yapa is given another expression in the episode in which Maha¯ka¯s´yapa worships the feet of the Buddha. 64 In ˙ the meantime, in his absence, the Mallas of Kus´inagarı¯ prepare the Buddha’s body for cremation. They enshroud it in the thousand layers of cloth and encoffin it in the taila-dron¯ı, only to find then ˙ that they cannot light the pyre. This is said to be owing to the power of the gods who do not want the fire lit until after the arrival of Maha¯ka¯s´yapa.

Parry, Death in Banaras (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 158–66. 36. Strong, Relics of the Buddha. 37. ‘‘Introduction’’ to The Living and the Dead: Social Dimensions of Death in South Asian Religions, ed. Liz Wilson (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003), 4. See also Wilson’s own essay in the same volume, ‘‘Human Torches of Enlightenment: Autocremation and Spontaneous Combustion as Marks of Sanctity in South Asian Buddhism,’’ 29–50. 38. See Reiko Ohnuma, ‘‘Gift,’’ in Critical Terms for Buddhist Studies, ed.

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