Buddhist Practice and Visual Culture: The Visual Rhetoric of by Julie Gifford

By Julie Gifford

Providing an total interpretation of the Buddhist monument Borobudur in Indonesia, this ebook seems at Mahayana Buddhist non secular principles and practices that can 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 in terms of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, devotion, and formality. The e-book is going directly to convey that the architects of Borobudur designed a visible international within which the Buddha seemed in quite a few types and will be interpreted in 3 ways: by means of knowing the real nature of his educating, via visionary adventure, and via encountering his numinous presence in pictures.

Furthermore, the ebook analyses a very entire and programmatic expression of Mahayana Buddhist visible tradition with a purpose to increase 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 publication 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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