+612 9045 4394
Buddhist Manuscript Cultures : Knowledge, Ritual, and Art - Stephen C. Berkwitz

Buddhist Manuscript Cultures

Knowledge, Ritual, and Art

By: Stephen C. Berkwitz (Editor), Juliane Schober (Editor), Claudia Brown (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2009
ISBN: 9780415776165
Number Of Pages: 222

Share This Book:


or 4 easy payments of $109.06 with Learn more
Ships in 7 to 10 business days

Earn 873 Qantas Points
on this Book

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.

Industry Reviews

"Buddhist Manuscript Culture is a welcome addition to the expanding scholarly discourse on Buddhism and materiality. The editors, Stephen C. Berkwitz, Juliane Schober, and Claudia Brown, have done an admirable job of bringing together a diverse and nicely balanced set of perspectives on Buddhist texts." - Jacob N. Kinnard, Iliff School of Theology; The Journal of Asian Studies, Volume 69/3, August 2010

Introduction : rethinking Buddhist manuscript culturesp. 1
Why did the Gandharan Buddhists bury their manuscripts?p. 19
Materiality and merit in Sri Lankan Buddhist manuscriptsp. 35
Redaction, recitation, and writing : transmission of the Buddha's teaching in India in the early periodp. 53
Diverse aspects of the Mongolian Buddhist manuscript culture and realms of its influencep. 76
From words to books : Indian Buddhist manuscripts in the first millennium CEp. 95
Between Zhongfeng Mingben and Zhao Mengfu : Chan letters in their manuscript contextp. 109
Two Buddhist librarians : the proximate mechanisms of Northern Thai Buddhist historyp. 124
Emending perfection : prescript, postscript, and practice in Newar Buddhist manuscript culturep. 140
Flowers for the Dhamma : painted Buddhist palm leaf manuscript covers (kamba) of Sri Lankap. 159
From text to image : copying as Buddhist practice in late fourteenth century Sukhothaip. 172
Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 206
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415776165
ISBN-10: 0415776163
Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 1st April 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

Earn 873 Qantas Points
on this Book

This product is categorised by