Buddhism Across Asia: Networks of Material, Intellectual and Cultural Exchange, volume 1

Buddhism Across Asia: Networks of Material, Intellectual and Cultural Exchange, volume 1

Tansen Sen

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ISBN: 9789814519328

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"Buddhism across Asia is a must-read for anyone interested in the history and spread of Buddhism in Asia. It comprises a rich collection of articles written by leading experts in their fields. Together, the contributions provide an in-depth analysis of Buddhist history and transmission in Asia over a period of more than 2000 years. Aspects examined include material culture, politics, economy, languages and texts, religious institutions, practices and rituals, conceptualisations, and philosophy, while the geographic scope of the studies extends from India to Southeast Asia and East Asia. Readers' knowledge of Buddhism is constantly challenged by the studies presented, incorporating new materials and interpretations. Rejecting the concept of a reified monolithic and timeless 'Buddhism', this publication reflects the entangled 'dynamic and multi-dimensional' history of Buddhism in Asia over extended periods of 'integration,' 'development of multiple centres,' and 'European expansion,' which shaped the religion's regional and trans-regional identities."   -- Max Deeg, Cardiff University

"Buddhism Across Asia presents new research on Buddhism in comprehensive spatial and temporal terms. From studies on transmission networks to exegesis on doctrinal matters, linguistics, rituals and practices, institutions, Buddhist libraries, and the religion's interactions with political and cultural spheres as well as the society at large, the volume presents an assemblage of essays of breathtaking breadth and depth. The goal is to demonstrate how the transmission of Buddhist ideas serves as a cultural force, a lynchpin that had connected the societies of Asia from past to present. The volume manifests the vitality and maturity of the field of Buddhist studies, and for that we thank the editor and the erudite authors. "    -- Dorothy C. Wong, University of Virginia

Co-publication: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies / Manohar Publishers & Distributors

Available for distribution by ISEAS worldwide except South Asia

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Preliminary pages and Introduction
1. Networks for Long-distance Transmission of Buddhism in South Asian Transit Zones
2. Truth and Scripture in Early Buddhism: Categorial Reduction as Exegetical Method in Ancient Gandh?ra and Beyond
3. Now You Hear it, Now You Don't: The Phrase "Thus Have I Heard" in Early Chinese Buddhist Translations
4. The First ?gama Transmission to China
5. What is a "H?nay?na Zealot" Doing in Fifth-Century China?
6. Meditation Traditions in Fifth-Century Northern China: With a Special Note on a Forgotten "Ka?m?ri Meditation Tradition Brought to China by Buddhabhadra (359-429)
7. Transmission of the Dharma and Reception of the Text: Oral and Aural Features in the Fifth Chapter of the Book of Zambasta
8. On Kuiji's Sanskrit Compound Analyses: Transmission of Sanskrit Grammar in the Early Tang Dynasty
9. Abridged Teaching (Lüe Jiao): Monastic Rules between India and China
10. From N?land? to Chang'an: A Survey of Buddhist Libraries in Medieval China (618-907)
11. Multiple Traditions in One Ritual: A Reading of the Lantern-Lighting Prayers in Dunhuang Manuscripts
12. The Idea of India (Tenjiku) in Pre-Modern Japan: Issues of Signification and Representation in the Buddhist Translation of Cultures
13. The Buddhist Image Inside-Out: On the Placing of Objects Inside Statues in East Asia
14. Indian Abhidharma Literature in Tibet: A Study of the Vij??na Section of Sthiramati's Pa?caskandhakavibh?s?
15. From A?oka to Jayavarman VII: Some Reflections on the Relationship between Buddhism and the State in India and Southeast Asia
16. The Therav?da Buddhist Ecumene in the Fifteenth Century: Intellectual Foundations and Material Representations
17. The Sphere of the S?sana in the Context of Colonialism
18. Patronage and Place: The Shwedagon in Times of Change
19. Wang Hongyuan and the Import of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism to China during the Republican Period
20. Buddhist Practices and Institutions of the Chinese Community in Kolkata, India
List of Contributors
Nalanda-Sriwijaya Series

Subjects:Sociology of Religion

Number of Pages: 483


Institute of Southeast Asian Studies / Manohar Publishers & Distributors

Publication Date: 41729

Format: HB

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