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By Julie Gifford

Providing an total interpretation of the Buddhist monument Borobudur in Indonesia, this publication appears at Mahayana Buddhist non secular rules and practices which may have educated 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 convey that the architects of Borobudur designed a visible global during which the Buddha seemed in various kinds and will be interpreted in 3 ways: by way of understanding the real nature of his instructing, via visionary adventure, and by means of encountering his numinous presence in pictures.

Furthermore, the e-book analyses a very entire and programmatic expression of Mahayana Buddhist visible tradition in an effort 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 sphere of Buddhist and spiritual Studies.

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