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Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built

Jessica Marie Falcone

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501723469
eISBN:
9781501723476
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This ethnography explores the controversial plans and practices of the Maitreya Project, as they worked to build the “world's tallest statue” as a multi-million dollar “gift” to India. This effort ... More


Community/SANGHA: FPMT’s Transnational Buddhists

Jessica Marie Falcone

in Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501723469
eISBN:
9781501723476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

In this chapter, I also introduce the readers to the particular transnational Tibetan Buddhist community working to build the Maitreya Statue. This chapter provides an overview of Global Buddhism ... More


The Teachings/DHARMA: Religious Practice in a Global Buddhist Institution

Jessica Marie Falcone

in Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501723469
eISBN:
9781501723476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


The Statue/MURTI: Planning a Colossal Maitreya

Jessica Marie Falcone

in Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501723469
eISBN:
9781501723476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


The Relics/SARIRA: Worship and Fundraising with the Relic Tour

Jessica Marie Falcone

in Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501723469
eISBN:
9781501723476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


Aspirations/ASHA: Hope, the Future Tense, and Making (Up) Progress on the Maitreya Project

Jessica Marie Falcone

in Battling the Buddha of Love: A Cultural Biography of the Greatest Statue Never Built

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501723469
eISBN:
9781501723476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501723469.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Drawing on the literature of the anthropology of futurity, this chapter engages with the articulations of hope evinced by those who desired to build the Maitreya Project statue. The chapter looks at ... More


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