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 to be superstitious and fraudulent, and far from the true essence of Buddhism. John Strong's book, by contrast, argues ...

Relics of the Buddha 2007, Motilal Banarsidass,, Delhi

ISBN-13: 9788120831391

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Relics of the Buddha 2004, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

ISBN-13: 9780691117645

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