'Burning for the Buddha: Self-Immolation in Chinese Buddhism'

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In early 526, a Chinese emperor granted a personal audience to an elderly Buddhist monk. The monk, Daodu, explained to Emperor Liang Wudi that he had grown weary of "this physical frame." The body "is like a poisonous plant," he said. "It would...

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