Entering the Dharmadh?tu: A Study of the Gandavy?ha Reliefs of Borobudur

Entering the Dharmadh?tu: A Study of the Gandavy?ha Reliefs of Borobudur

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The Gandavy?ha, a sacred text of Mah?y?na Buddhism, is an allegorical tale of the pilgrimage of a youth named Sudhana, who visits fifty-three spiritual mentors to receive their instruction in the Conduct of the Bodhisattva. His miraculous journey on the path towards Enlightenment inspired the sculptors of Borobudur (9th century C.E.) to illustrate the tale in 460 bas-reliefs on the higher galleries of this great Javanese monument. During the 1920s N.J. Krom and F.D.K. Bosch identified many of the panels, but most of their findings, written in Dutch, remained unnoticed. Entering the Dharmadh?tu compares the complete set of panels with three early Chinese translations of Central Asian and Indian Sanskrit manuscripts of the Gandavy?ha. This first identification of the entire series in English concludes with a discussion of the new perspectives on the meaning, symbolism, and architecture of Borobudur that a reading of the Gandavy?ha suggests.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements......Page 8
List of Illustrations......Page 10
Bibliographical Notes......Page 12
Introduction......Page 16
A Short History of the Identification of the Gandavy?ha Reliefs of Borobudur......Page 17
Textual Variants of the Gandavy?ha and the Reliefs of Borobudur......Page 24
THE GANDAVY?HA RELIEFS OF BOROBUDUR......Page 30
Second Gallery, Main Wall: Prologue (II-1II-15)......Page 32
Second Gallery, Main Wall: Pilgrimage, First Series (II-16II-72)......Page 42
Second Gallery, Main Wall: The Pilgrimage, Second Series (II-73II-128)......Page 68
Third Gallery, Main Wall (III-1III-88)......Page 84
Third Gallery, Balustrade (IIIB-1IIIB-88)......Page 118
Fourth Gallery, Balustrade (IVB-1IVB-84)......Page 138
The Gandavy?ha: Text and Image at Borobudur......Page 164
Comments on the Reliefs of the Second Gallery, Main Wall......Page 168
Comments on the Reliefs of the Third Gallery and the Fourth Balustrade......Page 178
Fourth Gallery Main Wall: The Bhadracar? Reliefs (IV-1IV-88)......Page 186
Comments on the Bhadracar? Reliefs......Page 214
Epilogue......Page 224
Appendix: Note on the Reliefs of the Second Balustrade......Page 256
Bibliography......Page 264
Index......Page 270

Details

  • Author: Jan Fontein
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Publisher: Brill
  • ISBN-13: 9789004211223
  • Pages: 273
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 12.4M
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