Surviving Nirvana: Death of the Buddha in Chinese Visual Culture

Surviving Nirvana: Death of the Buddha in Chinese Visual Culture

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by Sonya S. Lee
     
 

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The Buddha's nirvana marks one of the pivotal moments in the history of Buddhism. My book explores how this event was made into a powerful allegory of survival in premodern China through the nirvana image. In diverse settings, the motif compelled devotees to redefine what the Buddhist faith meant in their lives.

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The Buddha's nirvana marks one of the pivotal moments in the history of Buddhism. My book explores how this event was made into a powerful allegory of survival in premodern China through the nirvana image. In diverse settings, the motif compelled devotees to redefine what the Buddhist faith meant in their lives.

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"Sonya Lee has crafted an excellent, carefully nuanced, and comprehensive study of the powerful symbolism embodied in images of the Buddha's 'death' from the sixth through the twelfth centuries. Lee's work makes a significant contribution to the ongoing discourse re-assessing the evolution of Chinese Buddhism, now no longer perceived as a mere redaction or adaptation of its Indian antecedent. This important, beautifully illustrated, and thoroughly documented book will certainly become a 'must' for serious students of Chinese Buddhism." ? Annette Juliano, Rutgers University

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A very thorough, wide-ranging study of nirvana...Recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789622091252
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Sonya Lee is assistant professor of art history an East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Southern California.

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