Julie Gifford's Buddhist Practice and Visual Culture: The Visual Rhetoric of PDF

By Julie Gifford

ISBN-10: 0415780985

ISBN-13: 9780415780988

Providing an total interpretation of the Buddhist monument Borobudur in Indonesia, this booklet seems to be at Mahayana Buddhist spiritual rules and practices that 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 when it comes to Buddhist philosophy, meditation, devotion, and formality. The booklet is going directly to exhibit that the architects of Borobudur designed a visible international during which the Buddha seemed in numerous kinds and will be interpreted in 3 ways: by way of figuring out the genuine nature of his instructing, via visionary adventure, and by means of encountering his numinous presence in pictures.

Furthermore, the publication analyses a very complete and programmatic expression of Mahayana Buddhist visible tradition so one can improve the theoretical dialogue of the monument. It argues that the relaxation panels of Borobudur don't passively illustrate, yet fairly creatively "picture" chosen passages from texts. providing new fabric, the ebook contributes immensely to a brand new and higher figuring out of the importance of the Borobudur for the sector of Buddhist and spiritual Studies.

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