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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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The Teachings/DHARMA

The Teachings/DHARMA

Religious Practice in a Global Buddhist Institution

(p.44) Chapter 2 The Teachings/DHARMA
Battling the Buddha of Love

Jessica Marie Falcone

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks FPMT as an organization. It examines the teachings, beliefs and practices espoused in FPMT. Looking at the religious landscape of FPMT through the lenses of enculturation, ritual practice and charitable giving offers context that shows why FPMT might want to build the tallest statue in the world. To show FPMTers in practice, the chapter narrates a particular offeratory ritual in Bodh Gaya. This chapter also examines a “relatively non-heritage” Buddhist institution in depth and how issues of translation and change are processed by practitioners. This chapter makes a substantive contribution to the issue of properly naming disparate Buddhist institutions, as I’ve posited a heritage spectrum of institutions that more sensitively works to contextualize various Buddhist groups.

Keywords:   FPMT, Heritage spectrum, Institutions, Global Buddhism, Offeratory ritual, Bodh Gaya, Transnational Buddhism, Non-heritage Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism

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