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Entering the Dharmadhatu
Jan Fontein

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Entering the Dharmadhatu
a study of the Gandavyuha reliefs of Borobudur
by Jan Fontein

Published 2012 by Brill in Leiden, Boston .
Written in English.

About the Book

"The Gandavyūha, a sacred text of Mahāyāna Buddhism, is an allegorical tale of the pilgrimage of a youth named Sudhana, who visits fifty-three spiritual mentors to receive their instruction in the Conduct of the Bodhisattva. His miraculous journey on the path towards Enlightenment inspired the sculptors of Borobudur (9th century C.E.) to illustrate the tale in 460 bas-reliefs on the higher galleries of this great Javanese monument. During the 1920s N.J. Krom and F.D.K. Bosch identified many of the panels, but most of their findings, written in Dutch, remained unnoticed. Entering the Dharmadhātu compares the complete set of panels with three early Chinese translations of Central Asian and Indian Sanskrit manuscripts of the Gandavyūha. This first identification of the entire series in English concludes with a discussion of the new perspectives on the meaning, symbolism, and architecture of Borobudur that a reading of the Gandavyūha suggests."--Publisher's description.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Series
Studies in Asian art and archaeology -- v. 26, Studies in Asian art and archaeology -- v. 26.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
730.9598/26
Library of Congress
NB1280 .F66 2012

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25102323M
ISBN 13
9789004211223
LC Control Number
2011046581

History

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