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Head, eyes, flesh, and blood : giving away the body in Indian Buddhist literature

Author: Reiko Ohnuma
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A study of the Buddha's bodily self-sacrifice during his previous lives as a bodhisattva. This book argues that this theme has had an impact on the development of Buddhist philosophy and culture. It  Read more...

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Named Person: Gautama Buddha; Buddha.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Reiko Ohnuma
ISBN: 0231137087 9780231137089
OCLC Number: 884572543
Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Michigan).
Description: 372 S : Ill
Contents: Illustrations Tables Conventions Used in This Book Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Gift-of-the-Body Genre 2. Conventions of Plot 3. Conventions of Rhetoric 4. Dana: The Buddhist Discourse on Giving 5. A Flexible Gift 6. Bodies Ordinary and Ideal 7. Kingship, Sacrifice, Offering, and Death: Some Other Interpretive Contexts Conclusions Appendix: A Corpus of Gift-of-the-Body Jatakas Notes Bibliography of Works Cited Index
Responsibility: Reiko Ohnuma.

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[This book] allows us to... learn a great deal about the cultural world of Indian Buddhism. -- Benjamin Bogin Buddhadharma Highly recommended. CHOICE [Ohnuma's] study itself is a generous gift to Read more...

 
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