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Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual, and Art
Format: Multi-Chapter Volume
Publication Date: 200801/2008
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: New York, NY
Sources ID: 126099
Visibility: Public (group default)
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Publishers Description: Buddhist Manuscript Cultures explores how religious and cultural practices in premodern Asia were shaped by literary and artistic traditions as well as by Buddhist material culture. This study of Buddhist texts focuses on the significance of their material forms rather than their doctrinal contents, and examines how and why they were made.

Collectively, the book offers cross-cultural and comparative insights into the transmission of Buddhist knowledge and the use of texts and images as ritual objects in the artistic and aesthetic traditions of Buddhist cultures. Drawing on case studies from India, Gandhara, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia, China and Nepal, the chapters included investigate the range of interests and values associated with producing and using written texts, and the roles manuscripts and images play in the transmission of Buddhist texts and in fostering devotion among Buddhist communities.

Contributions are by reputed scholars in Buddhist Studies and represent diverse disciplinary approaches from religious studies, art history, anthropology, and history. This book will be of interest to scholars and students working in these fields.

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Table of Contents: 

Introduction: Rethinking Buddhist Manuscript Cultures / Stephen C. Berkwitz, Juliane Schober, and Claudia Brown -- Why Did the Gandharan Buddhists Bury their Manuscripts? / Richard Salomon --Materiality and Merit in Sri Lankan Buddhist Manuscripts / Stephen C. Berkwitz -- Redaction, Recitation, and Writing: Transmission of the Buddhas Teachings in India in the Early Period / Peter Skilling -- Diverse Aspects of the Mongolian Buddhist Manuscript Culture and Realms of Its Influence / Vesna A. Wallace --From Words to Books: Indian Buddhist Manuscripts in the First Millennium CE / Jens-Uwe Hartmann --Between Zhongfeng Mingben and Zhao Mengfu: Chan Letters in their Manuscript Context / Natasha Heller --Two Buddhist Librarians: The Proximate Mechanisms for Northern Thai Buddhist History / Justin McDaniel --Emending Perfection. Prescript, Postscript and Practice in Newar Buddhist Manuscript Culture / Christoph Emmrich --Flowers for the Dhamma: Painted Buddhist Palm-leaf Manuscript Covers from Sri Lanka / Bilinda Devage Nandadeva -- From Text to Image: Copying as Buddhist Practice in Late Fourteenth-Century Sukhothai / M.L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati

240 pp.
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