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Making of a Savior Bodhisattva: Dizang in Medieval China

Making of a Savior Bodhisattva: Dizang in Medieval China

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by Zhiru

ISBN-10: 0824830458

ISBN-13: 9780824830458

Pub. Date: 10/31/2007

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The

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University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
Studies in East Asian Buddhism Series
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Figures     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Abbreviations     xiii
Introduction: Problems and Perspectives     1
Early Images: The Bodhisattva of This Defiled World
Early Scriptural Representations: Texts and Contexts     29
The Scripture on the Ten Wheels     29
The Section on the Sumeru Treasury     36
The Intellectual and Socio-Political Climate     41
Cultic Beginnings Reconsidered     50
Buddhist Records of Dizang Worship     52
The Sanjie Jiao Connection     55
The Work of the Translator and Exegete Sinbang     61
Icons of Dizang and the Six Paths in Shaanxi Art     68
Rethinking the Early Dissemination of Dizang Worship     75
Multiple Images: This World, Hell, and Pure Land
Indigenous and Accretionary Scriptures     81
The Scripture on Divination: From Karmic Divination to Philosophical Meditation     84
The Exorcism Method: A Buddho-Daoist Formula for Demonology     89
A Ritual Manual on the Bodhisattva Dizang: Dizang in Esoteric Rites     97
The Scripture on the Bodhisattva Dizang: From Hell to Pure Land     101
The Scripture on the Past Vows: A Canonization of Filial Piety and Afterlife Practices     107
New Scriptures, New Imagesof Dizang     115
Art and Epigraphy     118
A Princely Householder or Monk Bodhisattva?     120
Dizang and Guanyin as Saviors of This World     125
From Amitabha Triads to Rebirth in the Pure Land     135
Glimpses of a Bhaisajyaguru Connection?     142
A Ray of Light in the Ten Kings' Dark Courts     150
Guiding the Way in the Afterlife: The Bodhisattva Yinlu     158
Images of Dizang in Esoteric Buddhist Practices     160
Forgotten Images in Religious Artifacts     165
Narative Literature     167
The Earliest Dizang Miracle Tale     169
Non-Buddhist Records     172
A Buddhist Compilation of Dizang Miracle Tales     177
The Canonization of a Buddhist Cult     194
Conclusion: Reassessing Dizang, Lord of the Underworld     197
Afterlife Practices in China     198
Female Practice of Filial Piety     203
Ritual Divination, Exorcism, and Healing     209
The Daoist Savior of Hells     212
The Cult of Mount Jiuhua     216
Rethinking Tang Buddhism     219
The Scripture on the Ten Wheels: Reevaluating the Traditional Dating     225
Antecedents of Dizang? Ksitigarbha in India and Central Asia     229
Translations of Scriptures     241
The Exorcism Method of Dizang's Aspiration Toward Great Awakening     241
A Ritual Manual on the Bodhisattva Dizang     253
Scripture on the Bodhisattva Dizang     258
Works Cited     259
Index     295

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Making of a Savior Bodhisattva: Dizang in Medieval China 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Authored by a Buddhist nun, this is a piece of focused, rigorous scholarship. At the time, it's eminently readable and beautifully illustrated (only in black and white though!). Note especially the front cover's picture drawn by the author herself. The contents of the book is equally superb and engaging. An in-depth, solid introduction not only to bodhisattva cults, but also to medieval Chinese Buddhism.
dharmamind More than 1 year ago
Excellent scholarship! Thorough discussion of a key bodhisattva in East Asian Buddhism. Highly recommended for anybody interested in Chinese Buddhist history, bodhisattva cults, and Dizang (Jizo) in particular. Adeptly places this bodhisattva within larger contours of Chinese Buddhist history, thought, and practice.