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Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual and Art by Stephe Berkwitz

By Stephe Berkwitz

Buddhist Manuscript Cultures explores how non secular and cultural practices in premodern Asia have been formed through literary and creative traditions in addition to by means of Buddhist fabric tradition. This learn of Buddhist texts makes a speciality of the importance in their fabric types instead of their doctrinal contents, and examines how and why they have been made. jointly, the ebook bargains cross-cultural and comparative insights into the transmission of Buddhist wisdom and using texts and photographs as ritual gadgets within the creative and aesthetic traditions of Buddhist cultures. Drawing on case reports from India, Gandhara, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mongolia, China and Nepal, the chapters integrated examine the variety of pursuits and values linked to generating and utilizing written texts, and the jobs manuscripts and photographs play within the transmission of Buddhist texts and in fostering devotion between Buddhist groups. Contributions are by means of reputed students in Buddhist reviews and characterize different disciplinary methods from spiritual reviews, artwork heritage, anthropology, and historical past. This e-book should be of curiosity to students and scholars operating in those fields.

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These positions resonated well with contemporary interests in postmodern theory (Trachsler 2006: 20–1). Introduction: rethinking Buddhist manuscript cultures 13 Unlike Cerquiglini and the New Philologists, however, the authors in this volume do not seek to discredit and overturn traditional philological approaches to premodern manuscripts. There is much use to be found in both critical and diplomatic editions of Buddhist texts, and we dare say that we all greatly admire—and some of us engage in—the painstaking work of scholars who reconstruct, edit, and translate ancient Buddhist texts from manuscript sources that are between two thousand and two hundred or so years old.

Collection Ca. 1 Size of Economy by Selected Countries, 2002 References Allegedly found in a square chamber constructed of stone slabs, presumably a relic chamber. Khan and Khan 2004; Strauch 2007. Found in a clay pot bearing a Allon 2001; Glass donative inscription recording 2007; Lenz 2003; the gift of the pot (not of the Salomon 1999, manuscripts) “to the 2000, 2008. ” Allon in progress; Found in a clay pot with a Glass 2007; dedicatory inscription Salomon 2003, recording the establishment of 2008.

18 Finally, I wish to clarify that I am not claiming that the practice of s¯utra burial was original or unique to Gandh¯ara. Although this might seem to be the case based on the evidence we have, in all likelihood this is only due to the accidents of preservation. For, if the archaeological record of early Buddhism is spotty in Gandh¯ara, it is far more so in the Indian heartland, where, due to rigors of the monsoon climate, nothing at all survives of early manuscript material. Therefore, there is no reason to assume that scripture interment was uniquely Gandh¯aran, and in fact, this practice, like so much of Gandh¯aran Buddhism, probably had roots and predecessors in India proper.

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