A study of the Buddha's bodily self-sacrifice during his previous lives as a bodhisattva. This book argues that this theme has had an impact on the development of Buddhist philosophy and culture. It relates the theme of the Buddha's bodily self-sacrifice to various conceptual discourses in the history of Buddhism and South Asian religions.
Reiko Ohnuma is associate professor of religion at Dartmouth College. Her research focuses on premodern South Asian Buddhist literature, especially narrative literature. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two children.