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Battling the Buddha of LoveA Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built$
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Jessica Marie Falcone

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501723469

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.001.0001

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Focusing on the Maitreya Project

(p.1) Introduction Meditation/DHYANA
Battling the Buddha of Love

Jessica Marie Falcone

Cornell University Press

In the Introduction, I introduce the controversy that ensues between FPMT and the villagers of Kushinagar, India, due to the plan to build the biggest statue in the world: the Maitreya Project’s Maitreya statue. Beginning with a narration of the ethnographer’s first encounter with the anti-Maitreya Project resistance movement, this chapter introduces the object of my study, my methodology, as well as some of the framing narratives of the book: futurity, heritage, and advocacy. Also, in this chapter, I briefly summarize the chapters to come.

Keywords:   futurity, Maitreya Project, Kushingar, ethnographic methods

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