By Julie Gifford
Providing an total interpretation of the Buddhist monument Borobudur in Indonesia, this ebook appears at Mahayana Buddhist spiritual rules and practices that may have expert Borobudur, together with either the narrative reliefs and the Buddha images.
The writer explores a model of the classical Mahayana that foregrounds the significance of the visible in terms of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, devotion, and formality. The ebook is going directly to exhibit that the architects of Borobudur designed a visible global within which the Buddha seemed in a number of varieties and will be interpreted in 3 ways: via figuring out the real nature of his instructing, via visionary event, and via encountering his numinous presence in photographs.
Furthermore, the ebook analyses a very accomplished and programmatic expression of Mahayana Buddhist visible tradition which will improve the theoretical dialogue of the monument. It argues that the comfort panels of Borobudur don't passively illustrate, yet fairly creatively "picture" chosen passages from texts. featuring new fabric, the e-book contributes immensely to a brand new and higher realizing of the importance of the Borobudur for the sphere of Buddhist and non secular Studies.
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Buddhist Practice and Visual Culture: The Visual Rhetoric of Borobudur (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism) by Julie Gifford