Practices, Discourses, Representations
Indian edition. This important collection of essays offers a comparative investigation of Buddhist practices concerned with death and dying across all the major cultures of India, Sri Lanka, China, Tibet, Japan, and Burma. It includes ritual, devotional, and the rich and varied array of texts and representations of the dead and the afterlife.
Includes: the Buddha's Funeral by John Strong; the Moment of Death in Daoxuan's Vinaya Commentary by Koichi Shinohara; the Secret Art of Dying: Esoteric Deathbed Practices in Heian Japan by Jacqueline Stone; Cross-Dressing with the Dead: Asceticism, Ambivalence, and Institutional Values in an Indian Monastic Code by Gregory Schopen; the Deathbed Image of Master Hongyi by Raoul Birnbaum; Dying Like Milarepa by Kurtis Schaeffer; Fire and the Sword: Some Connections Between Self-Immolation and Religious Persecution in the History of Chinese Buddhism by James Benn; Passage to Fudaraku: Suicide and Salvation in Premodern Japanese Buddhism by D.Max Moerman; the Death and Return of Lady Wangzin: Visions of the After life in Tibetan Buddhist Popular Literature by Bryan Cuevas; Gone but Not Departed: the Dead Among the Living in Contemporary Buddhist Sri Lanka by John Clifford Holt; Mulian in the Land of Snows and King Gesar in Hell: a Chinese Tale of Parental Death in Its Tibetan Transformations by Matthew Kapstein; Chinese Buddhist Death Ritual and the Transformation of Japanese Kinship by Hank Glassman; Grave Changes: Scattering Ashes in Contemporary Japan by Mark Rowe; and Care for Buddhism: Text, Ceremony, and Religious Emotion in a Monk's Final Journey by Jason Carbine.