By Julie Gifford
Providing an total interpretation of the Buddhist monument Borobudur in Indonesia, this e-book appears to be like at Mahayana Buddhist spiritual principles and practices that may have knowledgeable 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 when it comes to Buddhist philosophy, meditation, devotion, and formality. The e-book is going directly to express that the architects of Borobudur designed a visible international within which the Buddha seemed in a number of types and will be interpreted in 3 ways: by way of figuring out the real nature of his instructing, via visionary event, and by means of encountering his numinous presence in photographs.
Furthermore, the ebook analyses a very complete and programmatic expression of Mahayana Buddhist visible tradition in an effort to improve the theoretical dialogue of the monument. It argues that the comfort panels of Borobudur don't passively illustrate, yet particularly creatively "picture" chosen passages from texts. providing new fabric, the booklet contributes immensely to a brand new and higher figuring out of the importance of the Borobudur for the sphere of Buddhist and spiritual Studies.
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Buddhist Practice and Visual Culture: The Visual Rhetoric of Borobudur (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism) by Julie Gifford