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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 Relics/SARIRA

The Relics/SARIRA

Worship and Fundraising with the Relic Tour

(p.93) Chapter 4 The Relics/SARIRA
Battling the Buddha of Love

Jessica Marie Falcone

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at the religious phenomenon of relic veneration in Tibetan Buddhism, and how that tradition has been harnessed by FPMT’s global Relic Tour. The Relic Tour, which travelled regularly for many years, both displayed relics and promoted the MPI statue. In this chapter, there is an in-depth ethnographic account of one particular Relic Tour stop, which shows the material and expressive culture on display

Keywords:   FPMT, MPI, Maitreya Project, Global Buddhism, relics, Relic Tour, Transnational Buddhism, Relic veneration

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