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 appears to be like 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 on the subject of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, devotion, and formality. The e-book is going directly to express that the architects of Borobudur designed a visible international during which the Buddha seemed in numerous types and will be interpreted in 3 ways: via figuring out the genuine nature of his educating, via visionary adventure, and by way of encountering his numinous presence in photographs.


Furthermore, the ebook analyses a very accomplished 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 really creatively "picture" chosen passages from texts. proposing new fabric, the publication contributes immensely to a brand new and higher figuring out of the importance of the Borobudur for the sector of Buddhist and non secular Studies.

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