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 to be at Mahayana Buddhist non secular principles and practices which 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 with regards to Buddhist philosophy, meditation, devotion, and formality. The ebook is going directly to express that the architects of Borobudur designed a visible global within which the Buddha seemed in various kinds and will be interpreted in 3 ways: by means of figuring out the real nature of his instructing, via visionary adventure, and through encountering his numinous presence in pictures.

Furthermore, the publication analyses a very accomplished and programmatic expression of Mahayana Buddhist visible tradition so that it will enhance the theoretical dialogue of the monument. It argues that the comfort panels of Borobudur don't passively illustrate, yet really creatively "picture" chosen passages from texts. providing new fabric, the booklet contributes immensely to a brand new and higher realizing of the importance of the Borobudur for the sphere of Buddhist and spiritual Studies.

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