A definitive survey of the rich legacy of some 360 Buddhist architectural structures and remains in and around the Kathmandu Valley, including both the urban centers of Kathmandu, Patan and Baktapur, as well as surrounding villages. The study examines, for each site, its history, extant sacred images, details of torana, caitya and other architectural features, as well as the overall mandala represented in the monastery structure. The author also records a myriad of ethnographic details of Nepalese monastic life, such as daily and annual rituals, initiations, lineage deities, monastic governing structure and economics.
First published in 1985 in a local Nepalese imprint, this newly edited volume, including some additional illustrations, benefits from modern scanning technology, revealing for the first time the high quality of the historic photographs.
Buddhist Monasteries of Nepal: A Survey of the Bahas and Bahis of the Kathmandu Valley, John K. Locke, Orchid Press, Paperback (8.25" x 11"), 456 pages, $60.00
Fr. John Kerr Locke, S.J., PhD, was born in Chicago in 1933. He became a Jesuit novitiate in 1951 while enrolled in studies at Loyola University, Chicago, graduating with a Masters degree in English from that institution. Having petitioned the Society of Jesus to join their mission in South Asia, he took up residence at the Jesuit Mission in Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1958 and rapidly developed a remarkable fluency in Nepali. He became a citizen of Nepal in 1976 and remained in the country for the rest of his long career. His first assignment in his new posting was as a teacher in the Jesuit-founded St. Xavier's Godavari School, south of Kathmandu, an institution in which he later served as principal from 1966-70. From 1970, Fr. Locke pursued graduate studies focused on the Newar Buddhist tradition at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, where he completed Masters and doctoral programs. Fr. Locke dedicated the rest of his life, some 50 years in total, to the study of Buddhist practice in the Kathmandu Valley, and was widely acknowledged as the leading scholar in this field. Aside from his prodigious efforts in his primary area of study, Fr. Locke also found time to fulfill several other roles, including continuing involvement in teaching and administration at the Godavari School, mentoring of numerous younger Western and Nepali scholars, providing advice to Catholic leadership on inter-religious matters and editing the scholarly journal, Kailash. He authored a number of books and papers on Newar Buddhism throughout his career, all of which were significant contributions to the field. The present volume, previously long out of print and unavailable, is considered his most important work.