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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 Statue/MURTI

The Statue/MURTI

Planning a Colossal Maitreya

(p.66) Chapter 3 The Statue/MURTI
Battling the Buddha of Love

Jessica Marie Falcone

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the religious utility and merit-making involved in statue building in Tibetan Buddhism. Turning towards the MPI statue itself, the chapter looks at its history from conception through various early instantiations of the design and then to its final iteration. The chapter looks at the MPI organization and staffers, and the early practices and plans of MPI in their first location: Bodh Gaya.

Keywords:   FPMT, MPI, Maitreya Project, Global Buddhism, statue, Bodh Gaya, Transnational Buddhism, Colossal statues

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