Images, Relics and Legends
Benn, James A. [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
Images, Relics and Legends : the Formation and Transformation of Buddhist Sacred Sites. Essays in Honour of Professor Koichi Shinohara / Edited by James A. Benn, Jinhua Chen, and James Robson. - Oakville, Ont. : Mosaic Press, 2012.
The spread of Buddhism in Asia may be viewed from one perspective as a protracted and complex process in which numerous sacred sites were continually created and recreated in different parts of Asia. The story of Buddhism increasinly penetrating into all levels of society in Asia is mirrored by another narrative in which some of the most sacred sites in India were reproduced in other parts of the world. This reproduction or doubling was, however, never a simple matter of transplantation; rather it involved complex cultural adjustments and inventions. The study of Buddhist sacred sites in South and East Asia, therefore, yields some revealing new perspectives on the cross-cultural issues created by the “Buddhist conquest of Asia.”
The volume sheds new light on issues such as pilgrimage; the development of Buddhist monasticism; the remembrance of Buddhist saints and patriarchs; Buddhist sacred sites and more, and deepens our understanding of the Buddhist tradition.
The volume contains thirteen original articles plus a preface and full biblography. The volume is a Festschrift in honour of Professor Koichi Shinohara of Yale University. [Verlagsinformation]
KOICHI SHINOHARA, Senior Lecturer of Religious Studies, Yale University. Profile page.
JAMES A. BENN, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Profile page.
JINHUA CHEN, Professor, East Asian Buddhism, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Profile page.
JAMES ROBSON, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Profile page.
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