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Crystals and Images from Bodies, Hearts and Tongues from Fire: Points of Relic Controversy from Tibetan History
Tibetan studies: Proceedings of the 5th Seminar of the International Association of Tibetan Studies, Narita 1989
Format: Conference Paper
Publication Date: 199200/1992
Publisher: Naritasan Shinshoji
Place of Publication: Narita, Narita-shi, Chiba-ken
Pages: 183-191
Sources ID: 123220
Visibility: Public (group default)
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This article looks at polemical arguments between Sakyapas (sa skya pa) and Kagy├╝pa (bka' 'gyud pa) over relics. Small relics (ring bsrel) are often regarded in Tibet as appearing miraculously at the death of a saint. However, as the article demonstrates, the exact nature of these relics and their authenticity has been a matter of debate among Tibetan Buddhists. Furthermore, controversies over relics have sometimes taken place in the context of broader political contentions. (Ben Deitle 2006-02-28)

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International Association of Tibetan Studies