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Battling the Buddha of Love


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Meditation/DHYANA: Focusing on the Maitreya Project
Part One: The Transnational Buddhist Statue-Makers
1. Community/SANGHA: FPMT's Transnational Buddhists
2. The Teachings/DHARMA: Religious Practice in a Global Buddhist Institution
3. The Statue/MURTI: Planning a Colossal Maitreya
4. The Relics/SARIRA: Worship and Fundraising with the Relic Tour
5. Aspirations/ASHA: Hope, the Future Tense, and Making (Up) Progress on the Maitreya Project
Part Two: The Kushinagari Resistance
6. Holy Place/TIRTHA: Living in the Place of the Buddha's Death
7. Steadfastness/ADITTHANA: Indian Farmers Resist the Buddha of Love
8. Loving-Kindness/MAITRI: Contested Notions of Ethics, Values, and Progress
9. Compassion/KARUNA: Reflections on Engaged Anthropology
Conclusion: Faith/SHRADDHA: Guru Devotion, Authority, and Belief in the Shadow of the Maitreya Project
Epilogue: Rebirth/SAMSARA: The Future of the Maitreya Project

About the Author

Jessica Marie Falcone is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Kansas State University.


"The book opens the eyes of the readers as blind devotion blocks the critical mind and compassion, and can be lost in unrealistic, pink thinking. I highly reccomend it."

* Buddhismus Aktuell *

"Dr. Falcone offers compelling insights into the concepts of temporality and futurity, grassroots activism in the face of a transnational organization, and the ethics of engaged anthropological practice."

* New Books in Anthropology *

"As the title of this absorbing book Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built aptly describes, this lucid ethnography by Jessica Falcone explores the transnational life of a globalizing Tibetan Buddhist organization."

* Reading Religion *

"Falcone's advocacy does not compromise the rigor or balance of her analysis. She draws on more than a decade of site observation and personal interviews to produce nuanced ethnographies of the various groups as they struggle with the unintended consequences of Buddhism's globalization.... It will be a valuable resource for serious scholars of contemporary Buddhism and for those studying Buddhism and anthropology."

* Choice *

"Falcone draws on fieldwork and her own personal engagement with the resistance to describe the struggle over the creation of what would have been the largest-ever Buddha image."

* Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly *

"This book is a fruitful intellectual effort that challenges the stereotypical narration of protests... The end notes are extremely illuminative. The strength of the work is the rigor shown by the author in the blending of religious studies, history, social and cultural anthropology, and interviews with people, both members of the FPMT and farmers."

* H- Net (H-Diplo) *

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