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VISUALIZING A BUDDHIST SUTRA: Text and Figure in Himalayan Art
VISUALIZING A BUDDHIST SUTRA: Text and Figure in Himalayan Art
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Visualizing a Buddhist Sutra analyses the murals, inscriptions, and manuscripts preserved at Tabo, one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries of the western Himalaya. The author presents an insightful comparison between text and mural, and also comments on the larger field of Buddhist art as being a mode of transmission of Buddhist ideas contained in the texts.

This volume documents for the first time a critical analysis of several hand-written manuscripts of the Avatamsakasutra from the collection at the Tabo monastery. Thakur focuses particularly on the Gandavyuhasutra, which forms part of the larger magnum opus. It details the various stages through which Sudhana, a seeker of truth, passed during his long spiritual sojourn, and prescribes during his long spiritual sojourn, and prescribes ways and means to attain the supreme perfect enlightenment.

The murals comprise lively and continuous narratives that successfully visualize virtually incomprehensible Buddhist teachings on the clay-plastered walls. They were created by highly-skilled artists and enlightened members of the Buddhist community to communicate the principle ideas expounded in the Sutra to a larger audience of both ordained monks as well as lay people. The author argues that the murals and inscriptions operate at multiple levels and enhance each other. They are part of the same narrative materialization, at times working simultaneously, and at times independently, according to the proficiency of the viewer.

Based on extensive fieldwork conducted by the author over a period of seventeen years in the Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti region, this book will fascinate students and scholars of Buddhist studies, comparative religion, and art history, especially those working on the relationship between religion and artistic representation.

About the Author:

Laxman S. Thakur is Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology, Department of History, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.

CONTENTS

List of Platesx
List of Figuresxii
Abbreviationsxiii
Note on Transcription and Sign Criticsxiv
1.Prologue: A Study of the Gandavyuhasutra1
2.Enframed Inscriptional Panel and Tibetan Manuscript18
3.The Pilgrim's Progress: The Narrative Pictorials51
4.The Inscriptional Text79
5.Epilogue: The Cultural Heritage of Tabo120
Appendices129
Bibliography148
Index156

VISUALIZING A BUDDHIST SUTRA: Text and Figure in Himalayan Art

Item Code:
IDG104
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2006
ISBN:
019567314X
Language:
English
Size:
8.9" X 5.8"
Pages:
161
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Weight of the Book: 420 gms
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Visualizing a Buddhist Sutra analyses the murals, inscriptions, and manuscripts preserved at Tabo, one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries of the western Himalaya. The author presents an insightful comparison between text and mural, and also comments on the larger field of Buddhist art as being a mode of transmission of Buddhist ideas contained in the texts.

This volume documents for the first time a critical analysis of several hand-written manuscripts of the Avatamsakasutra from the collection at the Tabo monastery. Thakur focuses particularly on the Gandavyuhasutra, which forms part of the larger magnum opus. It details the various stages through which Sudhana, a seeker of truth, passed during his long spiritual sojourn, and prescribes during his long spiritual sojourn, and prescribes ways and means to attain the supreme perfect enlightenment.

The murals comprise lively and continuous narratives that successfully visualize virtually incomprehensible Buddhist teachings on the clay-plastered walls. They were created by highly-skilled artists and enlightened members of the Buddhist community to communicate the principle ideas expounded in the Sutra to a larger audience of both ordained monks as well as lay people. The author argues that the murals and inscriptions operate at multiple levels and enhance each other. They are part of the same narrative materialization, at times working simultaneously, and at times independently, according to the proficiency of the viewer.

Based on extensive fieldwork conducted by the author over a period of seventeen years in the Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti region, this book will fascinate students and scholars of Buddhist studies, comparative religion, and art history, especially those working on the relationship between religion and artistic representation.

About the Author:

Laxman S. Thakur is Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology, Department of History, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla.

CONTENTS

List of Platesx
List of Figuresxii
Abbreviationsxiii
Note on Transcription and Sign Criticsxiv
1.Prologue: A Study of the Gandavyuhasutra1
2.Enframed Inscriptional Panel and Tibetan Manuscript18
3.The Pilgrim's Progress: The Narrative Pictorials51
4.The Inscriptional Text79
5.Epilogue: The Cultural Heritage of Tabo120
Appendices129
Bibliography148
Index156
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