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Buddhist Art and Thought
By: Shashi Bala

Buddhist Art and Thought, Shashi Bala


 
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Author: Shashi Bala
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781953384027
Publication Date: 2020

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Buddhist Art and Thought is a kaleidoscopic canvas of cultural interflow among Asian countries discussing Sanskrit manuscripts from Japan, inscriptions from Southeast Asia, the texts translated into Chinese and Tibetan languages, Sanskrit as a shared heritage of Japan and SEA. The role played by Buddhist sutras in polity, transmission of philosophy, creation of innovative iconic forms, their identification and categorization, philosophic interpretations of mandalas, impact of Indian art forms on painting and sculpture, martial arts, the cult of mystical medicine, Divine guardians for defense, light symbolism, the concept of colossal images are some of the topics covered. Dhyana permeated into the lives of the people. Indian rituals and ceremonies were performed for deification and to derive sanctity and power to serve, sustain and rule.

The book covers topics like Amitabha in Japan, Yoga as the Basis of Pure Land mandalas represented through Sukhavati scenes, Shingon mandalas in Japan represent levels of meditation and emergence of the world from the Great source. The philosophy of Avatamsaka-sutras, mandalas for an upward journey through meditation, the ceremonies performed in Shingon monasteries, Indian Brahmanas, deities of time and space, categorization of Bodhisattvas, similarities between art of Ajanta and mural at the Horyuji monastery are a few attractive topics.

Tantric deities of royal cults were worshipped for divine empowerment and conquering in Nepal, Tibet and Mongolia. History of monasteries in Khotan revisited through Tibetan literary sources. Suvarnaprabhasa-sutra promises to protect the kings and kingdoms. Thousands of fragments of manuscripts, and artifacts excavated from ruined monasteries highlight an era of splendor of international cultural relations.

Siddham calligraphy is still practiced in Japan. Sanskrit hymns taken to Japan were accompanied by musical notations. Japanese alphabet Katakana and Hiragana are based on the Sanskrit sound sequence.

The book skims over to the modern period highlighting contributions of 20th century scholars who strengthened cultural linkages. George Nicholai Roerich was one of the great Indologists. His life and research for Shambhala, is a symbol of aspirations for a bright future.
Buddhist Art and Thought, Shashi Bala, Eternal Tree Books LLC, Paperback (8 x 11.5 inches), 325 pp, $24.99

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